An appeal should have been made to the Chennai Corporation on a property tax demand for his marriage hall and the "mistake" of approaching the court immediately could have been avoided, top actor Rajinikanth said here on Thursday.
"Experience is a lesson," nevertheless he said on his Twitter handle in an apparent apologetic tone, a day after the Madras High Court warned of imposing costs for rushing to court for relief.
"Raghavendra Mandapam property tax...we should have appealed to the corporation. The mistake could have been avoided. #Experience is a lesson," the actor said.
Owing to the pandemic lockdown, the star's wedding hall Raghavendra Mandapam was commercially inactive and even those who booked have taken their advance payment back.
The Corporation has also warned two percent fine if Rajinikanth doesn't pay tax by October 15.
The actor on Thursday paid the property tax, including penalty. Greater Chennai Corporation said the actor paid Rs 6,56,000 towards property tax for his marriage hall at Kodambakkam. The Rs six lakh plus tax for 2020-21 first half year includes "late pay penalty" of Rs 9,386, the civic body said, adding it was paid by way of a cheque.
The Madras High Court earlier had rebuked Rajini's lawyer for seeking legal intervention without giving time to Chennai Corporation to answer the actor's notice that was issued citing the aforementioned pandemic problems.
The Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed as withdrawn a petition filed by the actor over a property tax demand of Rs 6.50 lakh by the city Corporation on his marriage hall here for the first half of the current financial year.
Justice Anitha Sumanth warned of imposing costs on him for approaching the court soon after sending a notice to the civic body for relief under vacancy remission rule citing the closure of the marriage hall due to COVID-19 lockdown during the six-month period.
(With inputs from PTI)