Found discrepancy in income worth ₹650 cr: I-T dept after Anurag, Taapsee raid

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The search, part of the tax plaintiff’s investigation on Phantom films was carried out in 30 locations in Mumbai and Pune on Wednesday.
The I-T department conducted raids on properties of Anurag Kashyap and Tapsee Pannu on Wednesday.
The I-T department conducted raids on properties of Anurag Kashyap and Tapsee Pannu on Wednesday.

The income tax department said on Thursday that they found differences and income manipulation during searches in various places connected with the actor Tapsee Pannu, the filmmaker of the Kashyap Anurag and his partners who launched the film Phantom production house which is now closed. There is also a major oppression of income compared to the actual box office collection, the next IT department is said.

Provides details about the search, officials say that production home staff cannot explain the difference around ₹ 300 crore.

Officials also said that they found evidence related to the manipulation and assessment of Phantom film stock transactions among film directors and shareholders, had tax implications around ₹ 350 crore. Proof of cash receipts by leading actresses of ₹ 5 crore have also recovered, their next word.

Officials added that further investigations were active, adding that raids were still carried out.

The search, part of the tax plaintiff’s investigation on Phantom film, was carried out in 28 locations in Mumbai and Pune on Wednesday, according to the government’s release. Property related to the Reliance Entertainment Group CEO of Shibhasish Sarkar and several executives of celebrity management companies and Kwan’s talents and exceeded also raided. During the search, seven bank lockers were found that had been placed under restraint, the release said.

The others are sought including several employees of Phantom film production houses, which are dissolved in 2018, producer-producer Vikramaditya Motwere, producer Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena distributors.

Both Pannu and Kashyap, who shot at Pune, were also questioned by income tax officials. They collaborated in the film to come “Dobaara”.

Raids is slammed by opposition parties.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that raids were being carried out against those who were pro-farmers.

He used three popular Hindi idioms in his tweet – ‘Ungliyon PE Nachana’, ‘Bheegi Billi Banni’ and ‘Khisiyani Billi Khamba Noche’ – to say what he believes in the meaning in the current context.

A similar mind was expressed by the leader of the National Police Congress (NCP) Nawab Malik. Couple colleagues and Congress leaders, Ashok Chavan said this was not a new thing. “We have seen this often happening. Those who submitted pressurized facts in this way so they did not speak,” said the PWD minister.

But government ministers rejected allegations that attacks on Kashyap and Pannu were related to their comments, which sometimes looked critical of BJP.

“This is too much. Probe agents conducted an investigation based on credible information and this problem then went to court too,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Pannu’s last tweet was on March 1, where he was very talking about the Supreme Court who asked a man accused of repeating rape whether he wanted to marry the woman. Kashyap, meanwhile, has been calm on Twitter in the last time. He visited Jawaharlal University Nehru (JNU) and Shaheen Bagh during the anti-CAA protest last year.

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