The Chandigarh Excise and Taxation Department, after a viral video of banana bill uploaded by actor Rahul Bose, has imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the hotel for charging ‘illegal tax‘ in the name of GST on two bananas.
On Saturday, the Chandigarh authorities fined the hotel for violating Section 11 of the Central Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Act for illegal collection of tax on an exempted item. Fresh Fruits and vegetables come under zero tax rate and are exempted from GST.
The 51-year-old actor had shared a video on Twitter, which went viral, where he narrated the experience of paying Rs 442 for two bananas.
“You have to see this to believe it. Who said fruit wasn’t harmful to your existence? Ask the wonderful folks at @JWMarriottChd #goingbananas #howtogetfitandgobroke #potassiumforkings,” Bose tweeted.
A notice was sent to the hotel after the video went viral. The hotel had to attend a personal hearing on Saturday. The probe came after the actor had ordered for a pair of bananas in Chandigarh’s posh J W Marriot, and was charged a whopping Rs 442.50.