Bollywood News: Income Tax Raids Conducted At Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap’s Properties
The Income Tax Department raided properties in Mumbai and Pune and that included those belonging to Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap and Vikas Bahl.
The Income Tax Department raided 22 properties in Mumbai and Pune on Wednesday which included properties of Bollywood filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl and actress Taapsee Pannu. The raid was conducted in relation to the evasion of service taxes in the past projects by these celebrities.
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One of the properties that were raided today was the office of Phantom Films, which was established by Anurag Kashyap, director Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and producer Madhu Mantena. The Income Tax Department has accused Anurag, Taapsee and Vikas of not revealing all their income sources. The production company was accused of tax evasion in an earlier instance too. The production company has allegedly evaded Service Taxes for many projects. The company was dissolved in 2018, largely due to the sexual assault allegation charged on Bahl by a former Phantom employee. Phantom films had produced films like Lootera, Hasee Toh Phasee, Masaan and Manmarziyaan.
Kashyap and Pannu are vocal critics of the government and have actively raised their voices on many issues including the farmers’ protest. Kashyap had also raised his voice against the Bollywood fraternity after the death of Sushant Singh Rajput and had asked other actors to speak up.
Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik has said that the raids are just an attempt of the Modi led Central government to suppress the voices of the ones speaking against them. “Central agencies like ED, CBI, and Income Tax are being used to target those who take an anti-government stand and speak against the policies of the regime,” said the state minister.
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