Several celebrities, fans and even politicians are reacting to the judgement of Madras High Court on the case regarding actor Vijay’s petition which sought tax exemption on his imported Rolls Royce car. To the actor’s petition which was filed during 2012, Judge Subramaniam of Madras high court came up with a statement criticizing the actor for hesitating to pay the tax which is mandatory. Reports on the judge’s statement caused several hashtags in the Internet which fans supporting and condemning him. Now, actor Vijay’s best friend Srinath who is known for acting in few films and directing “Vallavanukku Pullum Aayutham”, came up with a tweet supporting the former.
Srinath said that being his “Maapla” is not an easy task and his tweet garnered huge reception among the users of the micro blogging social media site. Judge Subramaniam of Madras high court imposed Rs. 1 lakh fine for actor Vijay who sought tax exemption on a luxurious car that got imported from foreign. It has been reported that the “Gilli” actor imported a Rolls Royce car from England in the year 2012. He was asked to pay entry tax by the Assistant Commissioner of Business Taxation. Followed by that, Vijay filed a petition in Madras high court in the year 2012, seeking exemption for the entry tax.
In the petition, Vijay mentioned that the car couldn’t be used as the Regional Transportation Office (RTO) was not approving it for registration due to the failure of tax payment. During the hearing of the case, Judge Subramanian questioned why the petitioner didn’t mention his occupation in the petition to the lawyer of Vijay, says reports. When he was informed that he was an actor by profession, the judge, reportedly said “Renowned actors like him should pay taxes properly” to the lawyer.
“Tax income is the backbone of our country’s economy. Taxes must be paid and it is not a donation and it could not be waived off” the judge further said, according to reports. “People’s tax money is being used for the infrastructure of the country such as schools and hospitals. Tamil actors who has potential to become Chief minister of the state, should be an inspiration and act as a hero in real life as well.” Judge schooled.
Judge also condemned the act of Vijay by saying that actors who portray themselves as a socially responsible ones through their movies, shouldn’t involve in evading tax. It couldn’t be accepted, the Judge said who ordered Vijay to pay appropriate tax for the car he imported within two weeks of time. He also slapped Rs. 1 Lakh fine for the actor and directed him to pay the amount to Chief minister’s COVID 19 relief fund within two weeks.
Reacting to the news and the furore it caused, Srinath wrote “Being mapla @actorvijay is not an easy task” in his tweet.
Being mapla @actorvijay is not an easy task 🥺— Actor Srinath (@Actor_Srinath) July 13, 2021
Several other celebrities tweeted on the issue. Actress Kasthuri uploaded the pictures of Vijay with his Rolls Royce car whereas youtuber Madan Gowri uploaded a tweet expressing his displeasure over hashtag “Joseph Vijay” trending. Movie reviewer Prashanth said that there is difference between Tax exemption and Tax evading. Actress cum politician Gayathri Ragumramm also reacted.
2/3 thread : #actorvijay— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar) July 13, 2021
Judge Subramanian said the actor should respect the sentiments of lakhs of his fans who paid for his movie ticket. “It is only out of such money that the petitioner has purchased the ‘world's prestigious’ car for his personal usage,” the court said.
Lol, everytime there is a problem suddenly Vijay is called "Joseph Vijay!"— Madan Gowri (@madan3) July 14, 2021
There is a vast difference between Tax Evasion and Tax Exemption.— Prashanth Rangaswamy (@itisprashanth) July 13, 2021
We should not forget the help. For one court matter we cannot assassinate his good deeds.— Gayathri Raguramm 🇮🇳🚩 (@BJP_Gayathri_R) July 13, 2021