Kochi: Vehicles plying with Puducherry registration have come under the scanner in the state ever since the Mini Cooper owned by Karat Faisal, in which CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan undertook the Jana Jagratha Yatra, was found to have a fake registration.
After Mathrubhumi News uncovered the details of tax evasion by Faisal, here comes another famous personality from the film fraternity who too was found to have a fake registration of the vehicle.
The latest to feature in the news series 'VIP fraudsters' aired by Mathrubhumi News is actress Amala Paul.
Amala Paul’s Benz car has been found to be registered in Puducherry under a fake address. The address given for registering the vehicle was found to be false, that of an engineering student, according to Mathrubhumi News. When enquired, the student revealed that he does not know the actress.
Amala bought her Benz A-Class from Trans Car dealers in Chennai on August 4. The car costs Rs 1.12 crore. It was registered in Puducherry on August 9. The car is registered in the address of St Rheresa's Street at Thilaspet.
It is learnt that Amala Paul had evaded tax to the tune of Rs 20 lakh as vehicles plying on Kerala roads, and registered in other states, has to re-register their vehicle within an year. Due to ‘huge' difference in the tax structure, which benefitted the owners, they preferred to book their cars in Puducherry by managing a fake address that they are residents of Puducherry.
As per the Kerala Motor Vehicles Act, vehicles from other states plying in Kerala has to be registered again within a year and 20 percent of the vehicle’s price be paid as road tax.
Many big and luxury cars priced exorbitantly use this technique in a bid to enjoy the the lesser tax imposed in the neighbouring Puducherry.