While refusing to stay the high court order, the apex court issued notices to the tax authorities directing them todecide within four weeks the liabilities of Vodafone.
"Pending the hearing and further orders, we direct the TDS officer to decide within four weeks from today on the taxliability," a bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said while issuing a notice to the I-T Department.
However, the bench refused the plea of Vodafone's counsel and senior advocate Harish Salve seeking a stay on the High Court's judgment, saying that it would have to deposit a part of the tax demand amount first.
"If you want a stay on the High Court judgment... You have to pay part of the amount. The choice is yours," thebench said while asking the counsel not to press for the stay.
The court has scheduled the next hearing on the matter on October 25 and said on the basis of this order, liberty wasgiven to the petitioner (Vodafone) to approach the court for an appropriate remedy.
Attorney General G Vahanvati, appearing on behalf of the government, said the department will pass an order within four weeks determining the liability of the telecom major.
Vahanvati contended that the court could only pass an order staying the judgment if the telecom major deposited 50per cent of its liability.