High Court bench refused to take the petition due to Sankranti vacation for the court.

Balakrishnas Gautamiputra Satakarni faced PIL against tax reliefImage credit: Facebook/GautamiputraSatakarniMovie
news News Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 09:48

Soon after both the Telugu states gave entertainment tax (ET) exemption to Tollywood film ‘Gautamiputra Satakarni’, an advocate approached the Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday to challenge the action of the AP government in granting the tax exemption for the movie.

Advocate P V Krishnaiah, who filed the PIL on behalf of CB Adarsh Kumar, has been directed to a regular bench by the High Court on this matter.

On Wednesday, Krishnaiah moved a lunch motion, but the High Court bench refused to take the petition due to Sankranti vacation for the court.

The Times of India quoted Krishnaiah saying that the G.O.Ms.No.14, issued by the AP revenue (Commercial Taxes-II) department on January 9 this year, was in violation of Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India and against the public interest.

He also added that it was contrary to section 8 of Andhra Pradesh Entertainment Tax Act, 1939 as well as Rule 33, 34 and 35 of AP Entertainment Tax Rules, 1939.

Meanwhile the movie is all set to hit the theatres on Thursday.

Earlier, Balakrishna explained to KCR, that the movie was based on the life history of a Satavahana emperor.

It was shot at an ancient sight in Kotilingala, situated on the banks of the Godavari river in Karimnagar district, which was the first capital of the Satavahana dynasty.

Soon after that, AP Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu also took the decision to give tax exemption to his brother-in-law Balakrishna's film.


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