Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala motor vehicles department has sent notices to 70 people, including actor and MP Suresh Gopi, for evading road tax in Kerala by registering their luxury vehicles in the union territory of Puducherry.
The department has found that more than 2,000 such cars are plying on Kerala roads. Out of this, 1,178 cars were bought in Kerala and registered in Puducherry using fake addresses.
The department authorities are also collecting details of vehicles in Kerala that were bought in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and registered in Puducherry.
The notice, sent by the Thiruvananthapuram RTO, says that Suresh Gopi's car carrying Puducherry registration PY 05 A 99 has been running on Kerala roads for more than 30 days and constitutes a violation of the motor vehicles act.
As there is suspicion that the vehicle has been registered under fake documents, Suresh Gopi has been asked to present the registration certificate of the vehicle and proof of residence at 3 pm on November 13. However, a senior official said Suresh Gopi had registered the vehicle in the address of the flat he had bought in Puducherry.
A department official said others facing allegations of evading tax too have been sent notices.
The tax evasions came to light when CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan traveled in a Mini Cooper owned by a person accused in a gold smuggling case. Reports that actor Amala Paul had registered her car in Puducherry to evade tax followed.
Ernakulam has the dubious distinction of having the most number of people registering their luxury cars in Puducherry. The department has obtained details of 700 such people. It also found 10 such luxury cars in a single house in Muvattupuzha.