The Kerala Police's Crime Branch department has closed cases against actors Amala Paul and Fahadh Faasil in connection with alleged tax evasion on the luxury cars they had registered in the Union Territory of Puducherry.
A closure report was submitted by the Crime Branch to the Thiruvananthapuram Chief Judicial Magistrate Court recently, according to reports.
Explaining the case, the Crime Branch officers stated that both actors had purchased their luxury cars from outside the state and hence the state exchequer did not suffer any losses due to this.
While Amala Paul had purchased her luxury vehicle from Bengaluru, it was found that Fahadh Faasil had purchased his cars from Bengaluru and Delhi. The latter even shifted the registration of his cars to Kerala and paid tax as soon as the tax evasion controversy erupted back in 2018.
Actor Amala Paul on the other hand, was found to have resided mostly in Tamil Nadu. Further, there was no evidence to suggest that she had used her Puducherry registered luxury car in the state of Kerala for over 30 days, in which case it is can be taxed.
Regarding allegations of the actor forging documents and registered her vehicle on a fake address in Puducherry, the crime branch officials stated that this was not their jurisdiction and that they had intimated the Motor Vehicles Department in Puducherry regarding the same.
Another prominent actor-turned politician Suresh Gopi was also caught in the luxury car tax evasion scandal. However, the Crime Branch is continuing investigations against the actor on the same charges.
Suresh Gopi had purchased his premium vehicle from Kerala and according to reports there is strong evidence suggesting that the actor-turned-politician had registered his vehicle in Puducherry on a fake address to avoid paying tax in Kerala.
According to The Hindu, there are cases against around 380 luxury vehicle owners in Kerala who are found to have registered their vehicles in Puducherry to avoid paying tax in Kerala.