The actor was let off on a bond of Rs 1 lakh and surety of two persons.

Actor and MP Suresh Gopis arrest recorded let off on bail in tax evasion case
news Tax Evasion Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 07:30

Malayalam actor and BJP MP, Suresh Gopi, was arrested by the police on Monday, in connection with the fake car registration case in Puducherry, questioned and later released on bail. 

The actor filed for anticipatory bail and was released on a bond of Rs. 1 lakh and the surety of two people.

He was summoned to the High Court for interrogation after the crime branch reported to the HC that the explanation furnished by Suresh Gopi for the luxury car tax evasion was not satisfactory.

The crime branch further informed the court that the arrest had to be made as per the procedure.  

On December 5, police had filed an FIR against the actor for using fake documents to show an address in Puducherry and registering vehicles there. 

Police stated that the actor had registered his luxury cars in Puducherry to avoid the 20% tax on luxury cars levied by the Kerala Government. The tax on luxury cars in Puducherry is around 13.75%. 

In response to this, the actor moved the High Court for anticipatory bail and stated that the allegations in the FIR were false.

He also stated that he chose to register the two cars at his rented property in Puducherry, which he had since 2009. 

The actor revealed that the vehicle was used to ply between Puducherry, where he owned agricultural property, his house in Bangalore and his brothers’ residences in Coimbatore and Tuticorin.  

Meanwhile, actor Amala Paul who was also named in the luxury car tax evasion case, also appeared before the Crime Brach in Thiruvananthapuram, on Monday.

Denying all the charges, she stated that the luxury cars were registered in the address of the house she had rented in Puducherry.

The High Court allowed the crime branch to question the actor for two hours.

The actor had filed for anticipatory bail and was directed by the court to appear before the officials for questioning. 

Her bail plea would be considered after 10 days, the court said. 

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