The Tamil Nadu government informed the Madras High Court on Thursday that actor Vijay has paid the entire tax amount for his Rolls-Royce Ghost car, which he had imported from England in 2012. Earlier, 'Thalapathy' Vijay, as he is lovingly called by fans everywhere, had filed an appeal in his request to the court for an exemption from the entry tax for his Rolls Royce car despite having made the payments, while also providing up-to-date documents at the time. The Rolls-Royce Ghost car’s tax exemption case had come before single judge S.M. Subramaniam on July 13, who imposed a fine of Rs. 1 lakh on Vijay, while also coming down harshly on the superstar for his request for a tax exemption. The judge stated in his order: "Those fans see such actors as real heroes. In a state like Tamil Nadu, where such actors have become rulers of the state, they are not expected to behave like a ‘reel hero’. Tax evasion is to be construed as an anti-national habit, attitude and mindset and unconstitutional."
Later, Vijay had appealed against the harsh statements made by the single judge and refused to pay the fine amount as ordered, with the actor informing that he had already contributed a sum of rupees twenty-five lakhs to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s COVID-19 relief fund in 2020. At the time, the news of the actor allegedly evading from paying the tax didn't go down well among his fans, who took to social media to share the receipts showing he had paid his full lifetime tax. They have also pointed out in their reference Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar seeking the same for his Ferrari car, which was granted.
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