Days after actor turned MP Suresh Gopi was asked to appear before the Crime Branch in a tax evasion case, actor Fahadh Faasil has filed an anticipatory bail petition at Alappuzha District Session Court. The move came after the Crime Branch issued a notice asking the actor to appear for further interrogation in the case.
The petition was filed on Saturday evening and the court will consider his bail plea on Wednesday. The Crime Branch has also issued a notice to actor Amala Paul asking her to appear at the Crime Branch headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
After the tax evasion case stirred up controversy in the state, Fahadh had paid a tax amount of Rs 17.68 lakh to the Motor Vehicles Department. The actor was accused of tax evasion after an investigation by Mathrubhumi News revealed that he had paid only Rs 1.5 lakh as tax, as opposed to the Rs 14 lakh he would have had to pay had he registered his SUV in Kerala.
The actorâ€™s Benz E Class, which is worth Rs 70 lakhs, was allegedly registered in Puducherry under a fake address. The family living in the address has claimed that they are unaware of the actor and the registration.
Amala Paul had bought her S class Benz worth Rs 1.12 cr on August 4. The vehicle was registered in Puducherry, for which Amala had paid only Rs 1.75 lakh as tax, saving nearly Rs 20 lakh. The address given by Amala Paul is currently occupied by an engineering student, who was unaware that a vehicle was registered under his name.
Actor turned MP Suresh Gopi had also appealed for an anticipatory bail after which the Kerala High Court asked the actor-politician to appear before the Crime Branch on December 21. This is in connection to the case filed against him for allegedly forging the documents related to registering his luxury car in Puducherry.
The actor had reportedly registered his Audi Q7 in Puducherry by paying only Rs 1.5 lakh as road tax. Registering a luxury car in Kerala will cost the owner anywhere around Rs 14 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.
In an earlier clampdown done by the Kerala Motor Vehicle Department (MVD), it was discovered that as many as 700 vehicles are registered in Puducherry, resulting in a revenue loss of over Rs 60 cr to the state exchequer. Since the time news broke about these high profile cases of road tax evasion, the MVD has been on a mission to explore every loophole in the system.