With many luxury cars with a Puducherry registration coming under the scanner, the Kerala police is on the lookout for celebrities who are evading taxes.
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 paid only Rs 1.75 lakh as tax, saving nearly Rs 20 lakh, according to a Mathrubhumi report. The address given by Amala Paul is currently occupied by an engineering student, who was unaware that a vehicle was registered under his name.
According to an investigation by Mathrubhumi News, actor Fahadh Faasil’s Benz E Class, which is worth Rs 70 lakhs, was registered in Pondicherry. He 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 vehicle in Kerala.
Koduvally municipality councillor Karat Faisal has also been given a notice by the Motor Vehicle Department for tax evasion. Kozhikode and Kochi Motor Vehicle Departments have served notices to Karat and Amala, and have asked them to produce all the details within seven days.
Karat is an accused in a gold smuggling case, and is the owner of the Mini Cooper, which was rented by CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan for party’s Jana Jagratha Yatra.
Transport Commissioner of Kerala Anil Kant IPS told TNM that the “investigation is in process, and a notice will be sent to all the celebrities who are found guilty of evading tax.”
“The police will bring all luxury vehicles owned by celebrities under scan. We have already started the investigation. Due notice will be sent to all the celebrities who are found guilty of evading taxes. The state government has incurred a great loss due to such hidden transactions,” Joint Transport Commissioner Rajeev Puthalath told TNM.
Kiran Bedi, the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, has asked for action in the Amala Paul case within 15 days.