The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) says cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has evaded vehicle tax.
Tendulkar is among nearly 75,000 people, including many celebrities and businessmen, who failed to pay the tax on car. The authority has issued notices to all the offenders for non-payment of cess on cars registered by them in Navi Mumbai.
Among them are Sachin Tendulkar, singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan, Orissa governor D Y Patil and Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.
The reason for this could be that tax in Navi Mumbai is low -- just 1 percent of the car's price, but in Mumbai, it is 5.5 percent. Sachin owns a BMW M5 luxury car.
According to NMMC, the total dues due to non-payment of vehicle tax is Rs 50 crore. The amount due relates to 1.5 lakh vehicles.
Just about 15 days ago according to a list released by the Union Finance Ministry Tendulkar had paid Rs 1.5 crore for the October-December quarter as income tax.
The cricket superstar was at 115th position among the 500 top tax payers of the country.