Vijay fined Rs 1 lakh for challenging entry tax on his imported Rolls Royce
Tamil superstar Vijay is grabbing headlines for wrong reasons. On Tuesday, the Madras High Court fined the Master actor for challenging entry tax on his imported Rolls Royce car. Apart from dismissing the actor’s petition, the court has now directed the actor to pay a sum of Rs 1 lakh as a fine to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Covid-19 Public Relief Fund within two weeks.
Vijay had bought the car in 2012 and it was imported from England. However the actor hadn’t paid the entry tax and had challenged it by filing a petition against it.
According to Bar & Bench report, the Madras High Court heavily reprimanded the actor for evading the entry tax. “They are not expected to behave like reel heroes. Tax evasion is to be construed as anti-national habit, attitude and mindset and unconstitutional … These Actors are portraying themselves as champion to bring the social justice in the society. Their pictures are against corrupt activities in the society. But, they are evading tax and acting in a manner, which is not in consonance with the provisions of the Statutes,” said the court.
Vijay in his petition had contended that an extraordinary entry tax is being demanded for the imported vehicle and that he has already paid an applicable import duty.
“The petitioner has imported a prestigious costly car from England. But unfortunately not paid entry tax as per the statutes. He filed a writ petition in order to avoid payment of entry tax for the car imported from England,” a part of the order read. Court also observed that Vijay has not even mentioned his occupation in his petition.
The actor has now been fined Rs 1 lakh, which he has been asked to pay in within two weeks.