Give tax exemption to ‘Gethu’, HC tells govt

Give tax exemption to ‘Gethu’, HC tells govt

In a big relief to Udhayanidhi Stalin, the Madras High Court on Friday directed the State government to grant exemption to ‘Gethu‘ from the date of its release. The Pongal release hit the screens on January 14, it may be recalled.

Justice M Duraiswamy said, “The findings of the six member committee that the word Gethu is not a Tamil word is not supported by any evidence.The basis for coming to such a conclusion is not explained by the members of the committee.”

He observed this when a petition filed by the producers of ‘Gethu’, challenging refusal to exempt the film from entertainment tax, came up for hearing.

“The six-member viewing committee has given a finding in favour of the petitioner with regard to all the four conditions. However, erroneously, without any basis, came to the conclusion that the word ‘Gethu’ is not a Tamil word,” he added.

“When the word Gethu finds a place in Tamil dictionaries, spelling it as Gethu in English and not as Kethu has no relevance for the grant of exemption from entertainment tax,” observed the court.

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