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Hotel fined 25K for charging Rs 442 for bananas

July 29, 2019

Actor Rahul Bose had recently shared his experience of paying ₹442.50 for two bananas at a luxury hotel, JW Marriott in Chandigarh. Rahul was shooting for a film in Chandigarh at the time.

The video of the incident went viral on Twitter and seems like it was also noticed by the Excise and Taxation Department.

Rahul had tweeted with the video," 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"

As a result, the JW Marriott hotel in Chandigarh has been charged with the violation of Section 11 of CGST- Central Goods and Service Tax and has been asked to pay a fine of ₹25,000 for overcharging.

Section 11 covers the illegal collection of tax by businesses on an exempted item. As per reports, the tax department official also paid a visit to the JW Marriott hotel and seized documents related to the sale.

R K Chaudhry, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner of Chandigarh said, "In this matter, a showcase notice was issued to the hotel management. They were called today for the reply. But they could not give a satisfactory reply. So after hearing, they have been imposed with the fine."

Rahul's video led to several people sharing their experiences with expensive hotels on the social media and became a trending topic titled 'Rahul Bose moments'.

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