The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the appeal filed by the Indian arm of the Finnish handset maker Nokia, challenging a Delhi High Court order regarding the transfer of the company’s assets to software giant Microsoft.
Nokia India, which is currently caught in a Rs. 21,000-crore tax dispute with the authorities, needs to transfer its India assets to software giant Microsoft as part of the impending acquisition.
The Delhi High Court had, last month, passed an order, directing Nokia to give a ‘simple undertaking’ in addition to depositing Rs. 2,250 crore in an escrow account.
This new condition, which the company refuses to agree to, would result in Nokia agreeing to an open-ended guarantee that the company would meet any future tax claims relating to the dispute. It had therefore appealed the Supreme Court last month in the hope that it would get relief and be able to transfer its assets in time for the acquisition.