Superstar Rajinikanth has withdrawn his petition from the Madras High Court which had requested the courtroom to restrain the Chennai Corporation from imposing wonderful over the 6.5 lakh property tax levied on his wedding ceremony corridor. The courtroom stated the actor should have issued a reminder to the native physique earlier than coming to courtroom.
The plea is linked to his in style Raghavendra Wedding Hall “Raghavendra Mandapam” at Chennai’s Kodambakkam, for which the actor says the Corporation of Chennai has set a 6.5 lakh property tax for 2019 — 2020.
The actor claims he has sought remission of property tax from the native physique, citing lack of enterprise because of the coronavirus pandemic and refund of all advance funds since lockdown began in March. He went to courtroom after the native physique failed to reply, he stated.
The affidavit additionally cites Tamil Nadu authorities’s route to cancel all bookings, attributable to which the “marriage hall has been unlet/vacant from 24/03/2020 to till date”.
Citing Section 105 of the Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act 1919, the actor underscored the availability for 50 per cent waiver in these circumstances.
The Chennai Corporation, he claims, has not handed any order on his enchantment, which was despatched on September 23 amid announcement of a 2 per cent penalty for funds made after October 15.
Speaking to NDTV, Rajinikanth’s lawyer Vijayan Subramanian stated, “There is a legal provision that 50 per cent remission of property tax can be sought if the property was vacant. That’s what Mr Rajinikanth is trying to avail. I have told the judge that the petition will be withdrawn”.
Rajinikanth’s plea comes amid an aggressive drive by the Chennai Corporation to gather property tax from house owners, lots of whom say they do not have the cash to pay.
With lack of revenue attributable to job losses, wage cuts and closure of retailers for as much as 5 months, numerous people, retailers, complexes and malls have incurred big losses. Landlords had been suggested by the federal government to not acquire lease.
Senior officers of Chennai Corporation didn’t reply to calls.
When NDTV contacted property tax collectors, an official stated: “We are not aware of such a remission provision. However, if property tax is paid before the 15th we offer discount, otherwise they would have to pay a fine”.
Opposition events, too, have been demanding a humane method and deferred cost plans.
While the battle is but to be over, Rajinikanth could have taken up a vital situation. His demand for remission, if accepted, may result in consciousness amongst numerous property house owners concerning remission.