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 tax exemption.
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.
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Vijay, in his petition, claimed that he already paid tax to import the vehicle from England and complained about the entry tax that was demanded to him. Vijay enjoys a huge fan base across the globe and is known as one of the influential personality from the cinema industry. The way he performs in the screen inspires millions of youngsters and many of them, including kids could be seen imitating his style, looks, mannerisms etc. The news about himself claiming tax exemption grabbed headlines with people expressing their displeasure over the actor.
He who is known for predominantly appearing in Tamil films, was last seen in “Master” directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The actor who debuted 27 years ago in the Tamil film industry, influenced enormous number of youths and kids through his onscreen presence. Several fan clubs are being operated across the state only to celebrate him. He is all set to appear in Nelson Dilp Kumar’s “Beast” which is being produced by Sun Pictures. Vijay is one of the highest paid actors in country India and rumours stating that he got Rs. 70 crore as salary for acting in “Master” and even more to act in the upcoming film “Beast”.