Actress Amala Paul has become the latest celebrity from Kerala to be listed among the infamous 'VIP fraudsters', who have been evading road tax worth several lakhs of rupees.
Amala’s luxurious Mercedes Benz S Class car, which is priced well over Rs 1 crore, has been found to be registered under a fake address in Puducherry, according to a Mathrubhumi News report, which claims that the actress has thus evaded tax to the tune of Rs 20 lakh.
Amala bought her Benz from Trans Car dealers in Chennai on August 4. The car, which costs Rs 1.16 crore, was registered in Puducherry on August 9 under the address of St Theresa's Street at Thilaspet.
The address belongs to an engineering student from Puducherry, who has reportedly revealed that he does not know the actress or that her car was registered in his address.
Due to the huge difference in the tax structure between states and union territories, owners of several luxury vehicles in Kerala have been posing as Puducherry residents while registering their cars, in a bid to enjoy the lesser tax imposed in the UT.
As per the Kerala Motor Vehicles Act, vehicles registered in other states plying in Kerala have to be registered again within a year and 20 per cent of the vehicle’s price should be paid as road tax.
Vehicles plying in Kerala with Puducherry registration came under the scanner this week after a Mini Cooper owned by Karat Faisal, in which CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan undertook the Jana Jagratha Yatra in Kozhikode, was found to be holding a fake registration.