Chennai: South actress Amala Paul finds herself in trouble for alleged tax evasion by registering her luxury car in Puducherry. 

It is said that Amala Paul bought her S-class Mercedez Benz worth Rs 1.12 crore on August 4, 2017 from a dealer in Chennai. The car was subsequently registered in the name of a engineering student in Puducherry who denied any connection with the actress. A report said that those who register their luxury vehicles in Kerala need to cough up Rs 14 lakh whereas in Puducherry it is very cheaper.

Thus Amala Paul is not alone. Actor Fahad Faasil is another actor who reportedly registered his car in Puducherry to evade tax, reminiscent of seizure of luxury cars of Bhushan Kumar and Danny Denzongpa by the flying squad of the regional transport officer in Maharashtra earlier this year.

On Tuesday Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi tweeted that she conducted a surprise inspection at Puducherry RTO to look at the process of registration for luxury vehicles following complaints that luxury + LMV owners are abusing low road tax of Puducherry by managing temporary residential address.

The Mathrubhumi News which recently came out with reports on Fahad Faasil and Amala Paul, said the luxury cars in Kerala are under scanner after the Mini Cooper owned by Karat Faisal, accused in gold smuggling case, was found to be fake.. The car was in the news when CPI (M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan travelled in the car as part of his Jana Jagratha Yatra. The CPI (M) was left red-faced after it came to light that Faisal is an accused in the gold smuggling case registered by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in 2013. 

Earlier this year the flying squad of the regional transport office in Maharashtra seized a Mercedes Maybach S 500 car with Puducherry registration for non-payment of road and registration tax in Maharashtra. The car belonged to Bhushan Kumar, owner of T-series and a music and film producer. Similarly, Danny Denzongpa’s car was among hundreds of vehicles seized.

reported at the time that Maharashtra charges one of the highest tax rates on luxury cars, ranging from 10 percent to 12 percent. Thus, the users prefer to register their cars in other states and use them in Maharashtra in order to evade taxes. The tax payable in Puducherry and Jharkhand is Rs 25,000 at the most whereas 10 % of the total cost would be payable in the event of the car being registered in Maharashtra.

Another tweet from Kiran Bedi said, It is an organised fraud of public money financing Puducherry. Govt of India, transport minister needs to have this examined ASAP.

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