MUMBAI: Maharashtra state cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to give entertainment tax waiver for a Michael Jackson concert that was organised by Shiv Udyog Sena in 1996.
With the approval by the state cabinet, the concert’s event managers, Wizcraft International, will be able to take back Rs 3.36 crore in ticket sales, which were deposited by it with the court’s treasury as per HC orders.
The Shiv Udyog Sena was headed by Raj Thackeray. It was one of the biggest musical concerts of its time.
Shiv Sena leader and cabinet minister Subhash Desai said that the tax waiver was given by the Sena government’s cabinet in 1996 itself, but the decision was challenged in the high court and was taken to the Supreme Court as well. The court had set aside the order and had sent the matter back to the government.
“A detailed review was taken by the cabinet at that time while giving the waiver. Since 1974 the state cabinets of different governments have given tax waivers to such concerts. The state cabinet today approved the proposal to waive entertainment tax on the concert and with this Rs 3.3 crore that was deposited by the organisers will be returned to them,” said Desai.