The Excise and Taxation department sent a show-cause notice to JW Marriott hotel for levying GST on two bananas for which actor Rahul Bose had to pay Rs 442.50.
The department has sought a reply from the hotel in Sector 35 on how tax was charged on an item which is tax-free.
Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Rajeev Chaudhary was quoted as saying, We have issued the show-cause notice and sought a reply from them. Bananas which come under the category of fresh fruits are tax-free. So, in the show cause we have asked them to explain how come they charged tax on bananas.
After a tweet by the actor telling about how he was charged the whopping amount of Rs 442.50 for two fresh bananas, Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner and Excise and Taxation Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar had ordered an investigation into the matter.
A three-member team, constituted by the excise and taxation department, had on Thursday confiscated all the relevant records.