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The latest updates on relevant areas of law, curated by our team to be the most useful to clients as well as fellow legal practitioners.


Stamp duty on inter-state amalgamations – Court Order represents ‘instrument’

26 April 2016

The full bench of the Bombay High Court has held that two orders of two different High Courts pertaining to the same scheme of amalgamation are independently different instruments, since the said orders of the High Courts are upon two different petitions by two different companies.

‘Integrated Declaration’ under the Indian Customs Single Window project

15 April 2016

In furtherance to the Indian Customs Single Window project, wherein online permissions are being obtained from various govt.

Valuation – Cost of process carried out at job-worker’s premises after clearance

15 April 2016

The Supreme Court has held that cost relating to bullet proofing of jeeps, undertaken outside the factory by job-workers after clearance of the not-yet bullet-proofed jeeps, is not to be included in the value of jeeps for the purpose of levy of Central Excise duty.

Power to extend period for passing assessment order to be exercised within limitation period

15 April 2016

Supreme Court of India has held that when the normal period of limitation for passing assessment order by the Assessing Officer was three years, as per the provisions, the power to extend the period could be exercised within the said period of three years and not after the expiry of this limitation period.

BSS not covers procurement on behalf of group companies under cost sharing arrangement

15 April 2016

CESTAT, Mumbai has held that when services are procured for use by several group companies, Valuation Rules do not stipulate any condition as to one on one identification of service recipient and service provider in order to fall within the ambit of 'Pure Agent'.

Subsidies to reimburse cost incurred in manufacturing and selling products – Profits ‘derived’ from business

28 March 2016

Interpreting the term ‘profits derived from business’ the Supreme Court on 9-3-2016 held that as long as profits and gains emanate directly from the business itself, the fact that the immediate source of the subsidies is the Government would make no difference.

Country by Country Reporting (CbCR)

28 March 2016

This reporting requirement has been brought in this budget in line with the recommendations of BEPS Action 13 and effective from April 1, 2016 (AY 2017-18).

Foreign investment in Indian companies – Amendments

04 March 2016

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has amended the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident Outside India) 

Start-up India initiative - ‘Start-up’ defined

04 March 2016

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (“DIPP”), in order to bring uniformity in the implementation of the “Start-up India” initiative, has identified certain enterprises to be considered as “start-ups”.

Continuance of MD who is over 70 years of age - Special Board resolution required

04 March 2016

Noticing glaring differences in the data and results depicted by the two research reports, casting a serious doubt on their authenticity and neutrality, Competition Commission of India (CCI) on 10-2-2016 has held that fluctuating market share figures of the various players show that the competitive landscape in the relevant market is quite vibrant and dynamic. The dispute related to the market share of radio taxi aggregators in the relevant market of Delhi.

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