Chandigarh | Following Bollywood actor Rahul Bose’s tweet in which he expressed disappointment after being charged about Rs 400 for a pair of bananas, the JW Mariott hotel has landed itself in deep trouble.
Chandigarh’s Excise and Taxation Department’s three-member team seized all records in connection with the exorbitant GST rates charged by the JW Marriott hotel in the city.
The team visited the hotel in Sector 35 a day after the Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner and Excise and Taxation Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar ordered an investigation into an “illegal and exorbitant charge of GST” by the hotel on the bananas bought by the actor.
“Excise and taxation officers have seized all relevant records. The question here is that fresh fruits are tax-free items, whatever the case may be, and ‘fruit platter’ is a taxable item. But the actor has been given fresh fruits and tax has been charged on it so we are investigating all angles. We are even probing whether relevant tax is being deposited regularly with the excise and taxation department or not,” Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Chaudhary told Chandigarh Newsline.
While some have said that a 5-star hotel like JW Mariott can charge upto 18% tax on the purchase of any item, according to GST experts, fresh fruits are non-taxable items as per law. Bose being charged Rs 442 for bananas is suspicious.