No interim tax relief for Zubin Mehta concert

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused to grant interim relief in the form of tax exemption to the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation, which is organising a concert by world-renowned musician Zubin Mehta in the city.

Division bench of Justices D K Deshmukh and K K Tated directed the organisers to pay the entertainment tax, and said the money could be refunded if they could prove in court eventually that the Foundation was eligible for exemption.

The organisers had argued that as per the government resolution of 1973, all western classical performances are exempted from entertainment tax.

The state government however said that as per the amended Entertainment Tax Act, the organisers would have to pay up, since the tickets for the concert cost more than Rs 100 a piece.

The court today refused to grant interim relief and directed the Foundation to pay the tax, which would be refunded if the petition is decided in its favour.

The concert is scheduled for March 30 and 31, at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre and will feature Mehta, and Maggio Musicale Florentino Orchestra.