A cheque for Rs 6.5 lakh was received by the assistant revenue officer of the corporation’s Kodambakkam zone on Thursday morning. This is half yearly property tax.
The Madras high court on Wednesday pulled up the actor for rushing to it directly without giving adequate time to the Chennai Corporation authorities to dispose of his representation. “Do you think that the court has no better things to do except directing the corporation authorities to dispose of your representation,” Justice Anita Sumanth told Rajinikanth’s counsel on Wednesday. The judge also warned the actor of imposing a cost on him for having rushed to the court without giving adequate time for the authorities.
On Thursday morning, the actor tweeted in Tamil, “We should have preferred an appeal before the (Chennai) corporation, regarding the property tax demand for Raghavendra marriage hall. We could have avoided this mistake.” He used the hashtag ‘experience is a lesson.
The development is related to a property tax demand of Rs 6.5 lakh, for the period April – September 2020 and pertaining to the Raghavendra marriage hall, owned by the actor, in the city. The contention of the actor was that the premises had remained vacant from March 25 till due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
Rajinikanth’s counsel pointed out that the tax demand had been made, though Section 105 of the Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act provided for remission from tax for properties that remained vacant.