The CBDT said on Thursday that a total of Rs 350 crore tax evasion case has come to light during raids on Anurag Kashyap, Taapsee Pannu and others.
Mumbai| The Income Tax (IT) raid on stakeholders of Phantom Films is going on for the third consecutive day. The employees of Kwan Talent Management Company are being questioned. Late last night Jaya Saha, former manager of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, was summoned. Meanwhile, the opposition has called the IT raid a part of the government’s vendetta against critics in Bollywood. Both Anurag Kashyap and Taapsee Pannu have been critics of the govt. The ShivSena has targeted the central government for this action. In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, it wrote, “Taapsee and Anurag raise their voices against the central government and its policies, so it is happening to them.”
370 crore rupees tax evasion case
The Central Board of Direct Taxes i.e. CBDT said on Thursday that a total of Rs 350 crore tax evasion case has come to light. This tax evasion is caused by the under-valuation of share transactions by showing tax and bogus expenses. The Income Tax Department raided a total of 28 locations in Mumbai, Pune and some other cities from 8 am on Wednesday.
Investigation of Kwan and Phantom Films Transaction
Income tax officials are checking the agreements/contracts between Kwan and the celebrities. The income tax department is also eyeing how much commission Kwan has earned in these contracts. This amount will be matched to the account book of Phantom Films and it will be ascertained whether the information given by Phantom to the film stars is correct or not.
Revelations By CBDT
According to CBDT, it has been learned that a leading production house showed less earnings than its actual box office income. This discrepancy is about Rs. 300 Crores. The production house could not calculate it.
A production house undervalued the shares in share transactions. There was also a discrepancy in the transaction. This entire case is about Rs. 350 crore rupees of tax evasion. It is being investigated further.
During the raids at the locations of an actress, cash transactions of 5 crores were received. It is being verified.
During the raids at the Leading Producer-Director’s bases, evidence of fake expenses was found. During this time a case of tax evasion of 20 crores has come to light. Similar evidence has also been found against the actress, which is being investigated.
Taapsee’s deleted data being recovered
IT officials suspect that the data has been deleted from the phone of actress Taapsee Pannu. According to sources – the Mobile data of several stakeholders including Director Anurag Kashyap was deleted. The officials are recovering it with the help of experts. Sources are also stating that Taapsee’s statements may be recorded in a few days. The investigation agency has seized 3 laptops and 4 computers from the houses and offices of Anurag and Taapsee. The WhatsApp chats of both have also been backed up.