Actor Amala Paul on Monday surrendered before the the Crime Branch (CB) office. A frontline actress in Tamil and Malayalam languages, Amala procured a brand new imported car for which she should have paid Rs.20 lakhs to get it registered in Kerala, her home-State. However, she registered the car in the Union Territory of Pondicherry by reportedly giving a fictitious address as the tax registration costs less in Puducherry. Amala registered the car in some other person’s name in Puducherry.
The CB had charged Amala Paul with cheating, forgery and use of forged documents as genuine ones under section 420, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code. The offences are non-bailable and carry a punishment of up to seven years of rigorous imprisonment. The offences are non-bailable and Amala may face up to 7 years of rigorous imprisonment as punishment.
Earlier, the Crime Branch had also booked Malayalam star Fahadh Faasil and actor turned BJP MP Suresh Gopi with similar charges. The CB has already charged the promoters of a high-end automobile showroom in Kochi for tax fraud. The Motor Vehicle Department has suspended the firm’s licence to sell vehicles.