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Amala Paul, Fahadh Faasil accused of tax evasion: Here’s how she clarified herself

Amala Paul, Fahadh Faasil have been accused of tax evasion for buying luxury cars in a Union Territory (Pudhucherry).

regional movies Updated: Nov 02, 2017 21:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Amala Paul,Fahadh Faasil,Amala Paul tax evasion
Amala Paul and Fahadh Faasil were both accused of tax evasion.

Amala Paul, Fahadh Faasil have been accused of evading tax by purchasing luxury cars from Puducherry. From cars to alcohol to fuel, many consumer products come cheaper when bought in a Union Territory. Amala, by buying an S class Benz priced at Rs 1.12 crore in Puducherry, paid a only Rs 1.75 lakh as tax. If she had bought the car in Kerala, she would have had to pay Rs 20 lakh.

Mathrubhumi investigation, VIP Frauds has also discovered that Amala registered her car under the address of an engineering student who did not have any idea about it.

About this accusation, Amala has released a press statement, in which she states, “I feel I have the right to speak against these unwanted speculations and harassment caused to me and my family, despite paying taxes of more than a crore this year alone. And especially now, even when the respective authorities have found no unlawful act on my part.”

She continued, ”I am an Indian citizen and assumed that I have every right to work and own any asset through out our nation freely. But now this self proclaimed socio-reformist newspaper, who has somewhere lost the meaning of its own name ‘Motherland’ and it’s own history, has resorted to play the divisive regionalist propaganda, by making the innocent local readers believe that their state is separate from the nation at large.”

She questions why she cannot own assets in any part of the country as its citizen and also slammed the accusers of trying to separate people from their country. Amala also wrote, “Even when the government has succeeded in bringing the country under one unified tax regime, I humbly request them to stop dividing and isolating the sentiments of our people. I sincerely hope a day will come when our future generations, will not be Keralites, Tamilians or Punjabis or Gujaratis but be just Indians and working together for the growth of our great nation. Let’s fight the real fight, the fight against poverty, corruption, illiteracy, injustice and not resort to lynching law abiding citizens for short-sighted gains.”

Similarly, actor Fahadh Faasil was also accused of buying his Benz E Class worth Rs 70 lakh in Puducherry to evade tax worth Rs 14 lakh. Fahadh has not shared any statement yet. Other than the two actors, Koduvally municipality councillor Karat Faisal was also served with a notice by the motor vehicle department for tax evasion.

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First Published: Nov 02, 2017 21:00 IST