Malayalam superstar and BJP MP Suresh Gopi were on Monday arrested on charges of giving a fake address and released on bail, police said.
The Rajya Sabha member presented himself before police, which recorded his arrest. He was released on bail after furnishing a bond of Rs 1 lakh and two sureties, said Inspector General of Police S. Sreejith.
“Actress Amala Paul was also questioned by our team for a few hours on Monday but let off. We will submit information against her to the court,” Sreejith said.
Actor Fahad Fazil is currently out on bail in the case.
The three are accused of getting their luxury cars registered in Puducherry on the basis of fake addresses.
“The probe is progressing in the right direction and the court is being kept informed by police of developments,” the officer said.
The Regional Transport Commissioner’s Office here has cracked down on a thriving racket of Kerala residents getting their high-end cars registered in Puducherry to take advantage of low taxes there.
A probe into the Puducherry addresses furnished by some beneficiaries revealed that some were only one-room houses and those living there had no clue how their addresses were used for the registration of vehicles.
Since Kerala Police began probing the case, tax collection vis-a-vis vehicle registration has shot up by 22 per cent, informed sources said.