Finally ending the political controversy over losses suffered on Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, the Maharashtra government has decided to tax the lucrative cricket tournament, according to an affidavit filed before the Bombay High Court on Monday.

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The government’s affidavit came in a public interest litigation filed by senior Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai, questioning losses incurred by the State exchequer as the government dithered over levying entertainment duty (ED) on IPL matches, his lawyer Balkrishna Joshi said.

“The State government affidavit states that it will now levy ED on all IPL matches, T-20 matches and one-day cricket matches wherever they are played in the State,” Mr. Joshi told IANS.

However, the decision would be implemented only in the future, whenever any of these cricket matches are held, Mr. Joshi added.

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