Rajinikanth pays property tax for his marriage hall

Actor Rajinikanth has paid the property tax of ₹6.50 lakh for his Raghavendra Mandapam (marriage hall) located in Viswanathapuram Main Road, Kodambakkam, on Thursday.

In a press release on Thursday, the Greater Chennai Corporation confirmed the payment of the property tax by the actor totalling an amount ₹6,56,000 (which includes the late pay penalty).

The actor had filed a writ petition against the property tax notice issued by Chennai Corporation in the Madras High Court. The writ petition was dismissed on Wednesday based on a withdrawal petition filed by the actor’s counsel. The Judge had told Mr. Rajinikanth’s counsel (and other litigants repeatedly) to not waste judicial time by filing cases immediately after sending representations to officials concerned.

Accepts mistake

Over the last two days, Mr. Rajinikanth, one of the highly paid actors in the country, faced criticism on social media for going to the court for property tax relief of ₹6.5 lakh during the pandemic when millions of Indians have lost their jobs and their livelihoods.

In response, Mr. Rajinikanth wrote on social media that he could have avoided the mistake of going to Court. “We should have appealed to the Corporation. We could have avoided this mistake,” he said with an hashtag stating ‘Lesson from experience’.

‘System Seri Illai’

Meanwhile, Congress Lok Sabha MP from Karur, S. Jothimani, on Thursday seemingly took a potshot at actor Rajinikanth after he was warned by Madras High Court for wasting the court’s time by filing a case for property tax relief of ₹6.5 lakh.

Ms. Jothimani invoked Mr. Rajinikanth’s now famous line ‘System seri illai’ (the system is not right) to make a point about how he went to court for tax relief and was warned by the court. “Crorepathis are being made to pay taxes for the properties they own. If they go to the courts against the tax, they are being warned. System is not right,” she posted, without directly mentioning him. Mr. Rajinikanth made the comment about how the system was broken when he announced his decision to contest in all 234 assembly constituencies in the State Assembly elections.

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