|Indian Finance Minister, K.Sankaranarayanan, has robustly denied allegations from the Opposition that the government had colluded with online lottery companies to allow them to default on payment of Rs. 5,700 crores (US$126.13) in sales tax. Sankaranarayanan said that lottery tickets worth Rs. 6,000 crore including online lotteries were being sold in the State. This amount, he claimed, could not be collected as tax.|
As reported in The Hindu, Opposition Leader, V.S.Achuthanandan, had claimed that, 'Normally, Courts would insist on payment of at least a portion of the defaulted amount. However, the Government Pleader handling the case, Raju Joseph, unilaterally took the position that the company need make the payment only sometime later. The Pleader could not have done so without of the support of the Government.'
Mr. Achuthanandan added that the stay on the operation of the Government ban on online lotteries in the State was still in force, as the Government had done “nothing to get it vacated.'