Bedi's instruction to the Motor vehicle department comes in the wake of an increased incidence of vehicles getting registered under fake addresses in Puducherry, especially by celebrities.
The instruction will now allow only the permanent citizens of Puducherry who come under the five RTOs to register vehicles. This apart, the addresses are to be properly verified before registration.
According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, the Puducherry governor has also directed the transport commissioner and senior police officials to register a case of fraud against Malayalam and Tamil actor Amala Paul who reportedly evaded tax by registering her luxury car in Puducherry. Amala Paul bought her S class Mercedes Benz worth Rs 1.12 crore in August earlier this year. The tax that she had to pay in Kerala is Rs 20 lakh. Also, the address given for the car is a person who claims to be her relative.
An expose by Mathrubhumi News has revealed that Malayalam actor Fahadh Fazil too registered his luxury vehicle in Puducherry under a fake address to evade tax. In the investigation conducted by the news channel, the Benz E Class used by the actor is registered in Puducherry. The address given for the registration turned out to be fake and belonged to a small family living on the top floor of a rented place.
Those who register their luxury vehicles in Kerala for Rs 14 lakh are required to pay just Rs 1.5 lakh in the Union Territory. But the person must reside in Puducherry to register the vehicle. This provision has allegedly been misused by many stars.