Actor and upcoming politician Rajinikanth filed a writ petition in the Madras high court challenging the demand of the property tax to the tune of Rs. 6. 50 lakh for his Raghavendra Marriage hall located at Kodambakkam. In the case filed by Rajinikanth, it has been said that he is regularly paying tax for the marriage hall through his counsel Vijayan Subramanian. The tax was last paid on 14th of February.
Due to the lockdown implementation by the central and state government, Rajinikanth haven’t rented his marriage hall to anyone since March 24. After seeing the invoice sent by the corporation demanding Rs.6.50 lakh as property tax for the months April through September, of September 10th, the actor stated that he had cancelled bookings for his marriage hall after March 24 and even refunded the advance money in accordance with the instruction of the government.
Rajinikanth reportedly pointed out that section 105 of the Chennai city Municipal corporation Act of 1919 provides for remission of tax if the premises remained vacant for over 30 days and insisted on according the benefit to him.
Now, The court warned of imposing cost on the actor rushing the court without giving adequate time for the authorities to dispose of his representation. While addressing the case, Justice Anitha Sampath said “Do you think that the court has no better things to do except directing the corporation authorities to dispose of your representation ?”
“You made the representation to the Chennai corporation on September 23 and rushed to the court within a week. Why do you want to rush to the court instead of approaching the authorities ” the court asked. When the court was about to dismiss the petition with cost, the counsel for Rajinikanth pleaded the court to permit him to withdraw the petition.
“File a memo for withdrawal before the end of today’s business hours. The court will record your memo and dismiss the plea” the court said.
Now, this incident has caused the aspiring politician a major embarrassment with social media trolls. Being the biggest film star of the country with the highest remuneration, Rajinikanth’s early morning walking video would go viral across the country. This feud between himself and Madras high court grabbed huge attention of the social media users. Rajinikanth also faced severe criticism from the twitter users for not voicing out when fuel taxes increased.
Check out some of the reactions below :
The same #Rajinikanth won't file a PIL against increasing cess & tax on fuel.— Sanjeev (@worldofsanjeev) October 14, 2020
Shouldn't an aspiring politician be doing that too?
Considering he has been adept at finding reasons to reduce tax liability for himself. pic.twitter.com/eubX50BbuY
The man who apparently wanted to change the system, which according to him was rotten. Earns more than 30 crores per movie, but hesitates to pay 6odd lakhs as property tax.and the same #Rajinikanth won't file a PIL against increasing cess & tax on fuel. https://t.co/t6SAKiLrI9— Salem Dharanidharan (@dharanisalem) October 14, 2020
வரி கட்ட முடியாதுன்னு கேட்க போனா அபராதம் போடவான்னு கேட்குறாங்க ஊராடா இது ச்சே: @rajinikanth 😛— Sonia Arunkumar (@rajakumaari) October 14, 2020
வெறும் ஆறரை லட்சம் கட்ட பயந்து நீதிமன்றத்தை அணுகியதால் தலைவர் 2002ல் சொன்னபடி நதிநீர் இணைப்புக்கு ஒரு கோடி ரூபாய் தராமல் ஏமாற்றுவார் என்று எண்ண வேண்டாம். கட்சி தொடங்கியதும் தருவார் pic.twitter.com/i3aDiVdP1l— Savukku_Shankar (@savukku) October 14, 2020
However, fans of the actor said that he approached the court in a lawful way by using his rights. Many others said that Rajinikanth could have easily paid the tax but he wanted to voice for the other owners who would be paying taxes for their vacant premises.