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Rolls Royce car import case : Madras HC stays Rs one lakh fine on actor Vijay

Chennai: In a relief to popular Tamil actor Vijay, the Madras High Court on Tuesday stayed a single Judge order imposing a fine of Rs one lakh on him for filing a petition seeking entry tax exemption for his Rolls Royce Ghost car imported from England in 2012.

Granting an interim stay, a Division Bench comprising Justices M Duraiswamy and R Hemalatha. however, said a decision on the actor’s another plea of removing critical remarks passed against him by the Single Judge would be taken during the next hearing.

Appearing for the actor, senior Counsel Vijay Narayan submitted that he was not challenging the entry tax demand and was only challenging the adverse observations made by the Single Judge who had imposed Rs one lakh fine on July 13.

Granting the stay, the division bench directed the actor to pay the balance 80 per cent within a week of demand challan issued by the tax department (20% tax already ordered to be paid in 2012).

On a plea from Vijay Narayanan requesting the court to direct the department to issue the challan within a week as the issue need not be dragged for long, the court directed the department to raise the demand challan within a week.

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