Tax evasion: Charge sheet filed against Suresh Gopi

Biju Pankaj/Mathrubhumi News

Kochi: Crime Branch has filed charge sheet against actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi in connection with the Puducherry tax evasion case. Documents were forged to show his address in Puducherry and all the statements were against him, it is said in the charge sheet filed at Thiruvananthapuram CJM court.

The vehicle registration scam by VIPs was busted by Mathrubhumi News under the investigation series ‘VIP Thattippukar’. In the news broadcasted on 31 October, 2017 the scam by Suresh Gopi was uncovered.

In 2010 January 27, an Audi car owned by Suresh Gopi with registration number PY 01 BA 999 was registered under fake address in Puducherry. The probe team had found that the documents including rental documents submitted by Suresh Gopi to show the address were fake.

The flat owner, whose address he had used, has given statement that he has never seen Suresh Gopi in real life. The apartment association office-bearer also said the same. The notary officer has admitted that he had used fake signature and seal for attesting the documents.

Offences of forging documents, cheating, causing loss to government through deliberate efforts to evade tax have been charged against Suresh Gopi. If convicted, he could face upto seven years of jail.

Crime Branch is also gearing up to file charge sheet on another vehicle owned by the actor which was also registered in Puducherry to evade tax.

While all others caught in the vehicle registration scam under 'VIP Thattippukar', avoided cases by paying vehicle tax, Suresh Gopi decided to move forward with legal procedures. This has now resulted in charge sheet submission.

Meanwhile, the actor is still using both the vehicles - reportedly one for official use and movie shootings while the other is used by his son in Bengaluru.

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