Rajini breaks silence on Corporation property tax issue

Superstar Rajinikanth today said he should have appealed to the Greater Chennai Corporation before approaching the Madras high court over the property tax issue involving his Sri Raghavaendra Kalyana Mandapam.

In a tweet, he said, “ராகவேந்திரா மண்டப சொத்து வரி…நாம் மாநகராட்சியில் மேல்முறையீடு செய்திருக்க வேண்டும்.  தவறைத் தவிர்த்திருக்கலாம். #அனுபவமே_பாடம்.”

The Madras High Court warned actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Wednesday, for rushing to the judiciary against a tax demand for a marriage hall located in Chennai.

The judge said the actor had wasted the court’s time and his counsel has agreed to withdraw the petition. The actor went to court after the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) made a tax demand of Rs.6.50 lakh as property tax for his Sri Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam which is located in Kodambakkam.

The actor had approached the court with regard to the Property Tax demand made by the Greater Chennai Corporation for the months April-September. The actor’s counsel had stated that he had been regularly paying property tax for the marriage hall and that the tax was last paid on February 14.

His counsel had stated that once the pandemic broke out and lockdown restrictions were imposed by Central and State Government, Rajini’s marriage hall had remained vacant and was not rented out since March 24.

In such circumstances, the actor received a property tax invoice from the Corporation on September 10, asking him to pay ₹6.50 lakh as property tax for the months April through September.

Stating that he had cancelled all bookings for his marriage hall after March 24 and even refunded the advance money in accordance with the government instructions, the actor said he was entitled to vacancy remission on property tax.