In an enormous motion in opposition to some large Bollywood personalities, the Earnings Tax division on Wednesday carried out searches at over 30 areas in Mumbai and Pune, together with the premises of famous movie Director Anurag Kashyap, actor Taapsee Pannu and filmmaker Vikas Bahl.
An I-T division supply associated to the probe stated, “Searches are on on the premises of Pannu, Kashyap and Bahl in Mumbai and different areas.” The supply, nonetheless, refused to share additional particulars of the case.
Whereas the raids are being inducted at a number of areas in Mumbai and Pune, the event has additionally initiated a slugfest between politicians.
Maharashtra authorities cupboard minister Ashok Chavan has blamed the Centre for the raids saying those that communicate in opposition to the federal government, Centre attempt to create stress on them by means of central companies.
Nationalist Congress Occasion chief Nawab Malik additionally hit out on the Centre saying anybody who speaks in opposition to the NDA authorities, its insurance policies, the federal government needs to silence them by means of Enforcement Directorate, Earnings Tax and different companies.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar stated that companies solely go after these about whom they’ve credible data and later the matter goes to the court docket.
The supply additional stated that a number of groups of the company sleuths had been finishing up searches at over 30 areas in Mumbai and Pune, together with the premises of the Phantom Movies and former accomplice of Phantom Movies Madhu Mantena.
Phantom Movies was established by Anurag Kashyap, Director Vikramaditya Motwane, Producer Madhu Mantena and the previous head of UTV Spotboy Vikas Bahl in 2011 and was dissolved in 2018.
IT sleuths stay tight-lipped on growth
Nonetheless, officers of the I-T division remained tightlipped on the searches on the premises of Phantom Movies.
In response to one other I-T division official, the searches are happening on the premises of those Bollywood personalities in reference to some “tax evasion” matter.
Anurag Kashyap, Taapsee Pannu identified critics of Modi govt
Kashyap, Bahl and Pannu have been vocal on the social media platforms and have additionally raised their concern over the farmers’ protest, which have been going on the borders of the nationwide capital since November 26 final yr in opposition to the three farm legal guidelines.
Reacting to the information of the I-T searches on the Bollywood personalities, Congress Lok Sabha MP Manickam Tagore stated, “Why (Union Finance Minister) Nirmala Sitharaman is so predictable? It is unhappy story for the I-T division, it has grow to be so one sided and political too.”
(With inputs from IANS)