Tax trouble for Kochadaiiyaan, court orders inquiry

The Egmore Economic Offences Court on Tuesday directed the Triplicane police to conduct preliminary inquiry for any cognizable offence and file a case, if any, against the producers of Kochadaiiyan in connection with the alleged illegal collection of entertainment tax by the makers of the movie.

Petitioner K J Saravanan, an advocate, stated in his petition that he watched the movie in Chennai on August 12, for which the ticket cost Rs 120, inclusive of entertainment tax. But later he had come to know that the movie had been exempted from entertainment tax by the Commercial Taxes Department, as the name of the movie was in Tamil. The producers of the movie had cheated the general public by collecting entertainment tax and made illegal gain, he charged in the petition.

Saravanan contended that the Commercial Taxes Department, which is the regulatory authority in tax collection, had failed to prevent the illegal tax collection by the producers. He had filed a complaint with the Director General of Police in this regard through registered post, but no action was taken so far, he added.

Judge S Sivasubramanian observed that the court had found prima facie grounds to proceed against the accused in accordance with law and that the court was inclined to forward the complaint to the Inspector of Police, Triplicane, for necessary action.

The judge further directed the Triplicane Inspector to conduct a preliminary inquiry to ascertain whether the information revealed any cognizable offence based on the complaint by the petitioner, and register a case if any and file a final report to the court.


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