The Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner and Excise and Taxation Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar ordered a high-level investigation into an 'illegal and exorbitant charge of GST' by Hotel JW Marriott, after the 'Dil Dhadakne Do' actor Rahul Bose shared a video on Twitter, claiming that he ordered two bananas during his workout session in the hotel gym and was charged Rs. 442.5 for it.
The 51-year-old actor Rahul Bose recently shared a clip on Twitter where he narrated an unexpected experience of paying Rs. 442.5 for two bananas at the plush hotel. “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,” he had tweeted.
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 pic.twitter.com/SNJvecHvZB— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) July 22, 2019
“Taking cognisance of the video and bill posted by the actor, I have ordered an investigation,” Brar told The Indian Express. “I have directed Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (AETC) Rajeev Chaudhary to conduct a thorough probe on how the hotel had charged GST on fresh fruits. Strict action will be taken if found guilty”, he further added.
While some twitterati expressed their shock over the price of the fruits, some users claimed that he simply should not have stayed in a five-star hotel.
I wonder Rahul, why you don't get surprised when a few grams of popcorn is charged 250 bucks in a multiplex that plays your movies and people are stopped from carrying their own food so they can be forced to buy that junk. Or imagine the 500ml water at the airports @50 Rs??— Tathagata (@Tathagata120385) July 24, 2019
@JWMarriottChd Is this how you cheat your guests by charging GST wrongfully ? I wonder how many crores you must have frisked out till date from your guests by this way of cheating. This is day light robbery.@GST_Council— Maheedhar Naidu (@maheedharspeaks) July 23, 2019
Rahul ji If you can’t afford five stars don’t stay in them.— Himanshu Jain (@himanshujainon) July 22, 2019
So you chose to stay in the most expensive room category of one of the most expensive hotel chains... And then cry foul for them charging you bananas! How's 25k a night worth when its double the monthly salary of many? They charge because you pay... Simple!!— Dr. Ravi Mehta (@thedrugdoc) July 23, 2019