Kochi : Kerala Blasters has responded to Kochi Corporation’s notice asking them to pay entertainment tax if they want to organize Indian Super League matches at Kalur Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Currently, a writ petition seeking exemption from entertainment tax for ISL matches is pending in the High Court. The court heard the writ petition and stayed the corporation’s action for entertainment tax in 2020. Kerala Blasters said in a statement that it is contempt of court that Kochi Corporation has sent a notice demanding entertainment tax while the order is pending.
Also, with the implementation of GST from 2017, the club pointed out that the Kochi Corporation needs to stay the government order by exempting entertainment tax including football tournaments in Kerala. Blaster also informed that the Corporation has sent Sangeets demanding entertainment tax from the club against the government orders.
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This is the second time since the start of the season that the Kochi Corporation has sent a notice to Kerala Blasters asking them to pay entertainment tax. The corporation demanded that entertainment tax should be imposed on the tickets given to the spectators. Following this, the Corporation has informed in a notice that the ISL matches will be allowed to be held at the GCDA Stadium in Kalur and the license will be cancelled. Kochi Corporation Deputy Secretary sent notice to Kerala Blasters.
The state motor vehicle department had canceled the fitness of the last Kerala Blasters team bus. MVD has suspended the fitness of the bus used by the Blasters players after five violations were found. The owners of the bus have been instructed to resolve the issues pointed out by the MVD within 14 days.
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