Illegal Assets Worth Rs 11 Crore Seized in Tax Raids at Kannada Superstars, Producers’ Properties
The superstars under scanner include Shiva Rajkumar, his younger brother Puneeth Rajkumar, Sudeep and Yash.
Shiva Rajkumar in a still from his movie Kavacha. (Image: Instagram/Shiva Rajkumar)
Searches by Income-Tax sleuths on Karnataka's four superstars and three top producers across Bengaluru from January 3-5 resulted in seizure of undisclosed assets valued at Rs 11 crore, including Rs 2.85 crore in cash and 25.3 kg gold jewellery, said the department on Sunday.
Incriminating evidence found during the searches resulted in the defaulters admitting to Rs 109 crore unaccounted income. "As there are many issues on which evidence has been found but no admission made, the detection of concealed income will be a much higher figure," said the I-T department's investigation wing.
The four sandalwood superstars are Shiva Rajkumar, his younger brother Puneeth Rajkumar, Sudeep and Yash. The three film producers are Rockline Venkatesh, CR Manohar and B Vijay Kiragandhur. Superstars Shiva and Puneeth are the sons of Kannada matinee idol and thespian Rajkumar.
The searches were conducted under Section 132 of the Income-Tax Act, 1961, after warrants were issued to the actors and producers in advance. The three-day search operation was carried out at 21 premises and surveys were conducted at 5 places by 180 officials from the department in the southern state and adjacent Goa.
In addition to the actors and producers, official and residential premises of film production companies and film financiers were also searched during the last three days.
Discreet inquiries made for over three months before the search identified the modus operandi and the key players. "The searches led to evidences of suppression of income from film production, distribution and exhibition as well as evidence of unaccounted cash expenditure in films," said, adding that unaccounted theatre collections in cash, professional receipts by artists, cash investments in properties and jewellery was also found.
"The Income-Tax department appeals to the entertainment industry in Karnataka to follow prescribed accounting standards by recording all transactions in books of accounts and pay due taxes," said.
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