Malayalam film stars Amala Paul and Fahadh Faasil caught attention of authorities recently for using their Puducherry (Union Territory) registered luxury cars in Kerala. Reports said the actress paid just Rs 1.25 Lakh as road tax for her Mercedes-Benz worth Rs 1.12 Crore, evading nearly Rs 20 Lakh in tax. She also is said to have used the address of an engineering student who is seemingly unaware of the fraud activity.
As she remains embroiled in the case, Amala took a dig at her “well-wishers” for blaming her. Posting a picture of her taking a boat ride, she wrote, “At times I need to run away from the craziness of the city life and needless speculations. For now I am preferring a boat ride, at least no allegations of breaking the law or should I double check with my 'well wishers' #keralapiraviashamsakal #boatride #noregistration” The post failed miserably as netizens appeared miffed at the actress for not abiding by the rules. A user commented, “You can prefer a boat or ship, its not a matter for us, but try to obey the government rule and pay the tax. Please don't bring this kind of drama like this post to defend faults, you are rich enough to pay the tax, then why this kind of drama?”
Faasil, meanwhile, reportedly bought a Mercedes-Benz worth Rs 70 Lakh, using a fake address in Puducherry. He only paid Rs 1.5 Lakh as road tax, as opposed to the Rs 14 Lakh he would have been charged had the vehicle been registered in Kerala.