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Big B-taxmen, no 'shade' of anger

Big B-taxmen, no 'shade' of anger

I-T department came in for praise from the Big B who said there were no issues between him and the department.

New Delhi: Income Tax (I-T) department, which was alleged to have been harassing superstar Amitabh Bachchan, on Saturday came in for praise from the Bollywood actor who said there were no issues between him and the department.

"Income Tax is a capable department. It has good officers," Bachchan told a news channel, adding there was no issues between him and the department.

His comments assume significance as the Samajwadi Party had some months back alleged that the I-T department was harassing Bachchan by sending notices.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had even raised the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Bachchan said it is the job of the I-T department to ensure that people pay taxes as per rules and notices are sent to people in this regard.

When referred to the controversy over his sunglasses, he said media reports, which suggested that it cost Rs 2 crore were "imaginary".

"The sunglasses cost Rs 4 and was bought from Ullhas Nagar. You unnecessarily made an issue out of it. Why should I answer this, you should answer this as you created this issue," the 'angry young man' of 1970s and 1980s told the news channel.

Bachchan also denied that he had received any I-T notice over the sunglasses, as had been reported earlier.

first published:August 20, 2006, 15:14 IST