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Notice to authorities on tax on Kochadaiiyaan

The Madras High Court has directed commercial tax authorities to file an affidavit of compliance of a May 22 court order that said >entertainment tax should not be levied on cinema-goers watching Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Kochadaiiyaan’.

The First Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Satish K. Agnihotri and Justice M.M. Sundresh passed the order on a contempt petition by advocate S. Muthiah who said most cinema halls in the city continued to levy entertainment tax on the film despite the court order.

Mr. Muthiah said the May 22 court order was based on his own public interest petition challenging a May 12 government order that granted entertainment tax exemption to the film.

In his contempt petition, Mr. Muthiah said that except for one theatre group in Chennai, all the others collected entertainment tax for ‘Kochadaiiyaan’.

There was no restriction or supervision by the authorities. If the administrative head itself had no respect for a court order, who else would show respect? The authorities should set an example, said Mr. Muthiah. The authorities cannot act like puppets stating they do not have any powers. This type of attitude among officials should not be allowed, he said.

Mr. Muthiah cited S.K. Prabakar, principal secretary, and K. Rajaraman, principal secretary/commissioner of commercial taxes department, as respondents to his petition.

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