Did you read about this? Mahesh Bhupathi wants to pay his father a chunk of money for feeding, clothing and sheltering him. This is a new low, wouldn’t you say? There has to be some line when it comes to what people are willing to try to ‘expense’ away. That the Karnataka high court has taken this reasoning to the cleaners is only a saving grace.
The high court, as it usually happens with court verdicts in this country, has quoted everybody since Manu to say that this isn’t acceptable. They say, for example, that ‘this is contrary to the very foundation of Hindu law’… ‘It is the pious duty of a father to educate his progeny’ and what not. While I’d be chuffed to find out that the foundation of Hindu law is to not evade income tax, I don’t quite think that’s what I find wrong about this.
I have a much simpler crib: it’s unbelievably cheap. The amount involved, Rs. 28.5 lakhs, is as far as I can tell, pittance for Mahesh Bhupathi and his father. It gets worse. It turns out that they’d signed an agreement as far back as 1994 in the hope that they’d be able to save some tax money some time in the future. That’s cheapness that might surprise even Russell Peters. So thank you, Messrs. Bhupathi, for giving Russell Peters more comic fodder about how cheap Indians are. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the next show of his that I bootleg a little bit more now.