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Tax evasion is anti-national, Madras HC tells actor Joseph Vijay

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Lashing out actor Tamil movie hero C. Joseph Vijay (cine name Vijay) for trying avoid payment of entry tax on import of an ultra-luxury Rolls Royce Ghost car, the Madras High Court ordered him to pay the tax and also levied a cost of Rs 1 lakh.

The court also strongly disapproved the actor’s action of not revealing his occupation in his affidavit and held that tax evasion is to be construed as an anti-national habit.

Vijay had imported the prestigious and costly car from the UK. While paying the import duty to the Central government, he approached the court against the payment of entry tax to the Tamil Nadu government.

The luxury car was lying idle as it could run on public roads unless it was duly registered after paying the entry tax.

The court expressed its surprise that Vijay had not even stated his profession or occupation in his affidavit.

“The petitioner, who is a reputed cine actor, is expected to pay the tax promptly and punctually,” the court said.

Noting that the petitioner/actor has large scale fan groups and those fans are seeing the actors as real heroes, the court said in Tamil Nadu, cine heroes have risen to rule the state. “… Therefore, the people are under the impression that they are the real heroes. Thus, they are not expected to behave like a reel heroes. Tax evasion is to be construed as anti-national habit, attitude and mindset and unconstitutional.”

“These actors are portraying themselves as champion to bring the social justice in the society. Their pictures are against corrupt activities in the society. But, they are evading tax and acting in a manner, which is not in consonance with the provisions of the statutes,” it held.

Pointing out that the noble perspective of the Constitution under the Directive Principles can be achieved only if the people of such stature, or the rich pay their taxes unhesitatingly and comply with the laws of the land, it said: “Filing a writ petition, avoiding payment of entry tax and keeping the writ petition pending for about nine years, can never be appreciated and it is not made clear even now, whether the entry tax as applicable has been paid by the petitioner or not.”

In a philosophical note, the court said accumulation of wealth or possessing the world’s prestigious car, Rolls Royce “would not be of any assistance for a better life in our great nation, as our country is enriched with culture and social values”.

“Thus, this court is of the considered opinion that the non-payment of entry tax by the petitioner, can never be appreciated and the petitioner has not respected nor responded to the lakhs and lakhs of his fans, who has paid by viewing his movies and from and out of such money, the petitioner/actor purchased the world’s prestigious car for his personal usage,” it said.

“The reputed persons of this great nation should realise that the money that reaches them is from the poor man’s blood and from their hard-earned money and not from the sky,” the court added.

“In the absence of payment of entry tax by the petitioner within a period of two weeks, the respondents are directed to initiate all further actions by following the procedures as contemplated under the statutes for recovery of the entry tax from the petitioner as well as the consequential liability, if any, as per the provisions of the Act and the Rules,” it ruled.

The court ordered Vijay to pay Rs 1 lakh to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Covid-19 Public Relief Fund, within a period of two weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of its order.

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Madras High Court shocker to Vishal

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Madras High Court gives shocker to Vishal as it stayed the release of his upcoming movie Chakra. The movie was supposed to release on February 19th but the stay given by Madras High Court will impact the release plans of the movie. Details as below.

Chakra movie directed by MS Anandan is based on cyber crimes and online scams. Vishal’s previous movie Action incurred losses to the buyers and this movie is made to compensate those buyers. However this movie has always been in controversies and getting postponed because of various reasons. Today Tamil producer Ravi approached Madras High Court claiming that he has the rights on the story of this movie. After examining both the arguments the honourable Madras High Court given stay on release of this movie and postponed further hearing to 18th of February.

Vishal is playing an army officer in ‘Chakra’, and the film also features Shraddha Srinath and Regina Cassandra in the lead roles. We need to wait and see whether this movie will be released as scheduled on 19th February or not.

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Rana, Prakash Raj, Tamannah get notices

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The Madras High Court on Tuesday issued notices to Rana Daggubati, Prakash Raj, and Tamannah for endorsing online gambling games.

The court also sent notices to former India cricket captain and BCCI chairman Sourav Ganguly, the present cricket team captain Virat Kohli.

While pointing out that online gambling games are banned in Telangana, the Madras High Court directed the Tamil Nadu government to impose a ban on such games. The court was hearing a petition filed seeking a ban on online gambling games.

The court was rather angry at celebrities endorsing online gambling games. “These celebrities seem to be worried about filling their pockets and not care about the welfare of the people. Where is the money that is used in gambling games is going,” the Madras High Court wondered and asked both the State and Central governments to respond within 15 days.

The court observed that online gambling games would set a wrong example for the public, and the apps play with the lives of the people.

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No more Hoardings of living people in TN

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In a sensational move, Madras High Court banned the use of pictures of the living people on hoardings and banners in Tamil Nadu. It has been a culture of erecting hoardings and banners of politicians and film celebrities in hundreds across the state for which Madras High Court slammed the tradition. The court even directed all the top officials to take the responsibility to keep the state keen and ensure no drawings and hoardings appear across the residential areas.

The Madras High Court took this step after a Chennai resident Trilochana Kumari filed a plea after she faced issues with the local civic body near her residence. Despite of several attempts, the party banners flagged in front of her home have not been removed. The cops too refused to file a complaint after which she approached the court. Madras High Court said that if any banners or hoardings are placed carrying pictures, the person should not be alive.

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Dhanush heaves a sigh of relief after HC dismisses maintenance case

Superstar Rajinikanth’s son in law and actor Dhanush was entangled in a legal tussle with an elderly couple who claimed him as their son and sought Rs 60,000 every month to support their livelihood. The couple had filed a case in November last year in Melur. A bench of judges from Madras High Court probed into the case.

Dhanush appeared before the court in February for medical examination of the birth marks. No mole or scar was found as claimed by the couple in their evidence. Later, the couple requested the court to carry DNA test to verify the authenticity of their claim. But, Dhanush opposed to undergo DNA test as a matter of his privacy and integrity.

In a much needed relief to the actor, Madras High Court has quashed the case earlier today.

Basking in the glory of his directional debut, Power Pandi which opened to positive reports at the box office, Dhanush is busy shooting for Vada Chennai.

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