Kerala State Finance Minister Thomas Isaac on Friday admitted to the state's Assembly that there were errors in the calculations of the overdue taxes, after a rubber trader committed suicide following getting a Rs 27 lakh penalty. Isaac further stated that appropriate action will be taken and all the errors will be rectified.
A rubber trader identified as Mathai Daniel committed suicide last month after receiving a penalty notice of Rs 27 Lakh as the aggregate due from previous years' default on the value-added tax (VAT). According to his family, Daniel committed suicide on October 28 as he was shocked to see the penalty amount. Ahead of this, an adjournment motion notice was given to State Finance Minister Isaac by senior Congress legislator V. D. Sateeshan regarding the same matter. Replying to it, the Kerala State Finance Minister stated that the officials had sent the notices based on the computer-generated dues. He further added that it has been found out that there were errors and assured that it will be looked into. The Kerala State Finance Minister also added that consultations will be done with the Law department. Along with it, Isaac stated that no further action would be taken against the traders.
After the goof-up in tax notices led to the rubber trader committing suicide in Kerala, the trading community held statewide protests and forced the Kerala State Finance Minister, Thomas Isaac, to take strict actions against those who are responsible for it. Leading the entire opposition out of the Assembly after the speaker rejected the demand for a discussion on this issue, the deputy leader of the Congress party K. C. Joseph claimed that the government knows it has goofed up and hence has removed the Commissioner of State Tax, Tinku Biswal from his post.