Fin24

Indian tax officials raid Nokia

2013-01-08 14:08

Chennai/Helsinki - Finnish phone maker Nokia's said Indian tax officials raided its production unit in the southern city of Chennai on Tuesday. 

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.