People tend to register their high-end cars in Puducherry, where taxes are lower, to evade the high tax slabs in their home states.

 Kannada star Darshan under RTO lens for registering luxury car in Puducherry
news Law Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 17:18

Kannada actor Darshan is under scanner after he registered his Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster in Puducherry.

Last year, actors Amala Paul, Fahadh Faasil and Suresh Gopi were pulled up by Kerala authorities for exploiting a loophole in the tax laws. They registered their high-end cars in Puducherry to evade the high tax slabs in their home state of Kerala.

Read: From Amala Paul to Fahadh, why luxury car owners go to Puducherry to register vehicles

Now, Challenging Star Darshan is under the Karnataka Regional Transport Corporation lens.

His Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster costs close to Rs 6 crore (ex-showroom) in India. In Karnataka, the road tax for this car will be as high as 18% of the cost of the vehicle in addition to other taxes and cess which are applicable.  

According to the state’s laws, cars registered outside Karnataka can ply on the roads only for a year without paying the state tax.

So the authorities are keeping a close eye on the actor’s car.

Bangalore Mirror wrote that authorities in the city have a list of luxury cars which have been registered outside the state. Drivers of these cars often tend to claim that their vehicle was brought into the state temporarily.

“So now, we have decided to maintain a watch register to ascertain when a vehicle came to the city,” J Gnanedra Kumar, Joint Transport Commissioner, Bengaluru city told Bangalore Mirror.

Recently, the Karnataka High Court struck down a move by the Transport Department to limit the one-year deadline to one month as it is in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

It is not only famous actors who make the most out of the absence of a uniform system in the country. In February 2016, the Mangaluru RTO had taken action against cars which were registered in Puducherry.