Just a few days after Cairn Energy moved the court in the United States and indicated that it might use company's "strong powers of enforcement" to recover $1.4 billion from the Indian government, the Centre has shown a more adjusting stance suggesting that it is still open for a constructive settlement of its tax dispute within the existing legal framework
Sources in the know of the matter said that Cairn is talking to the Indian government but is yet to respond based on discussions. If they come on board for a negotiated settlement within the country's existing legal framework which includes the direct tax resolution of Vivad Se Vishwas scheme, sources said that the government is still willing to settle the matter.
The flexible approach has been shown by India even as it prepares to file an appeal against the Cairn arbitration order and will contest its sovereign rights to tax, sources said. The sources said that the government will also strongly contest other suits filed by Cairn Energy at various other international courts as well.
"The room for a settlement is still open if the company is willing to settle matters under the Indian legal framework. But if this is not going anywhere, legal challenge is just round the corner," the sources quoted above said.