Veteran actor Danny Denzongpa got in trouble with Mumbai RTO flying squad for being driven in Mumbai with a Sikkim number plate. He was forced to cough up hefty road tax and fine of Rs 29 lakh to release the impounded SUV. After his Range Rover was spotted by RTO officers being driven in Mumbai with a Sikkim registration, the actor was slapped with a Rs 29 lakh fine for not paying the Maharashtra road tax. It was only after he coughed up the amount that the car was released yesterday from the Andheri RTO office.
Hefty fine for Danny
Vishwambhar Shinde, assistant regional transport officer, Andheri, said, ‘We have a flying squad that keeps an eye out for vehicles carrying registration from other states. On February 13, we found Danny’s car with a Sikkim number plate. When he was unable to produce a receipt of the Maharashtra road tax payment, we took over his Range Rover and kept it at the Andheri office. His driver arrived yesterday and paid the quoted amount, following which the car was released.’
According to the rule, the Maharahstra government charges 20 per cent of the actual value of an imported car as road tax. In this case, it amounted to Rs 24.23 lakh, along with a yearly interest of Rs 5.33 lakh, totaling Rs 29.56 lakh.