Super Cassettes Industries, T-series owner Bhushan Kumar’s Mercedes Maybach S 500 car seized by Andheri RTO for non-payment of road and registration tax in Maharashtra.
According to reports, the car has a Puducherry registration (PY 05 A 4040).
Speaking to the website, Govind Saindane, regional transport officer, Andheri informed the car was seized as it was being used in Mumbai. As per the Maharashtra Motor Vehicles, the road tax thus has to be paid in Maharashtra. The tax is 20 per cent of the vehicle’s cost. The cost of a Maybach, depending on the customisation, could run into several crores of rupees, officials said on condition of anonymity.
Saindane said that the owners of the car have been asked to submit valid bills and documents pertaining to the car at the RTO office on Monday and the tax would be calculated accordingly.
“There are several such cars plying on the streets of Mumbai whose owners are bonafide residents of Mumbai but have registered their cars showing temporary addresses in other states where road tax is lower than Maharashtra. However the owners of these cars use them on Mumbai’s roads so it is only natural that tax should come into the state’s coffers,” Saindane told DNA.
An official spokesperson speaking on behalf of Bhushan Kumar told DNA that the car belonged to the company and was bought in Delhi. “It is driven by Mr Kumar’s mother who is visiting Mumbai. We have called for all the papers relating to the car from our Delhi office and we will be submitting it to the RTO Andheri on Monday,” the spokesperson said.
A couple of weeks back, veteran Bollywood actor Danny Denzongpa’s car was confiscated by Andheri RTO as it had a Sikkim number plate. The actor had to coughs up Rs 29 lakh to get the car released.