Chennai/Helsinki - Finnish phone maker Nokia's said Indian
tax officials raided its production unit in the southern city of Chennai on
A company spokesperson said it was cooperating with the
probe, although he could not elaborate on what local authorities were looking
for. The Chennai plant is one of Nokia's biggest facilities.
A senior Indian tax official said the investigation related
to allegations that the company may have evaded around 30 billion rupees
($543m) in taxes.
"We are suspecting a default in TDS (tax deducted at
source) on payments to other countries against software supplies," said
the Indian tax official, who declined to be named.
Nokia shares fell 2.3% to €3.20 by 11:42 GMT.
India's finance minister, P. Chidambaram, has vowed to clamp
down on tax evasion to help the country plug a widening fiscal deficit.
In November, a junior finance minister said India was
investigating the local unit of chocolate maker Cadbury over taxes.
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