BJP MP Accused of Evading Rs 30 Lakh in Taxes By Registering Luxury Cars in Puducherry Claims He Rents ‘Farmland’ in The UT
Thiruvananthapuram regional transport office had said Gopi's car registered in the union territory was being used in Kerala, flouting rules.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP Suresh Gopi, accused of registering two cars in Puducherry to evade Rs 30 lakh in taxes, has claimed he rents farmland there, so the vehicles were registered with the address of his rented house.
Per a report in Manorama, Gopi has been accused of allegedly using fake documents to register luxury cars in Puducherry. He had applied for anticipatory bail at Kerala High Court but the court asked him to first appear before the probe team.
The actor-turned-Rajya Sabha MP moved the court on December 12. In his plea, Suresh Gopi said the allegations prima facie were false. He said that he had chosen to register the two vehicles at Puducherry, where he has been renting premises since 2009.
Gopi reportedly said he owns agricultural land around Puducherry. It is looked after by family members. He said he has a house at Bengaluru and his brothers have residences at Coimbatore and Tuticorin, so the vehicles were frequently used to ply within these states.
He argued against his arrest saying the charges had already caused great insult and annoyance to him. He said he is prepared to fully cooperate with the investigation team.
Thiruvananthapuram regional transport office had said that Suresh Gopi’s car registered in the union territory was being used in Kerala, flouting rules, Hindustan Times reported.
The police said the actor-turned-politician used a fake residential address to register his luxury vehicle to evade the 20 per cent tax in Kerala. Suresh Gopi resides at Sasthamangalam and hence, should have registered the vehicle in Kerala. reported Manorama.