Tamil Nadu

Theatres can screen only four shows a day, govt. tells HC

The State government on Tuesday informed the Madras High Court that cinema theatres in the State were not entitled to screen more than four shows a day except for holidays when prior permission could be obtained from the officials concerned for one additional show per screen in multiplexes.

Government Pleader T.N. Rajagopalan made the submission before a Division Bench of Justices S. Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad, who were seized of a public interest litigation petition filed by an advocate clerk G. Devarajan accusing many theatres of playing as many as six shows during big releases.

The petitioner had claimed that shows were screened as early as 5 a.m. in about 30 theatres in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Coimbatore districts for the recent releases of Sivakarthikeyan-starrer Seemaraja , Vikram-starrer Samy 2 and Arvind Swami-starrer Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.

After taking note of the submissions made by the Government Pleader, the judges doubted whether the theatres which play more than the permitted number of shows in a day would be remitting the entertainment tax to the local bodies and the Goods and Services Tax to the Commercial Tax Department promptly.

They directed a Special Government Pleader (taxes) to find out by Wednesday as to what action had been initiated so far against theatres which evade payment of tax.

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