Mumbai, Jan 25 (Agencies): Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra whose premises were searched by the Income Tax department had only last year starred in a short promotional film aimed to spread the message of tax compliance. Priyanka’s mother questioned
Chopra along with Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar had featured in a 20-minute-long documentary by the I-T department which was unveiled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on July 24 in New Delhi to mark the first ever 'Income Tax Day'.
The actors in the film had appealed to the public to pay their taxes diligently and honestly.
In an interesting twist of fate, I-T sleuths swooped upon Chopra's apartment in suburban Versova while the residence of her father, Ashok Chopra, in suburban Lokhandwala, was also raided besides the premises of the actor's secretary Chand Mishra.
The searches were conducted on Monday morning as the department suspected tax evasion on brand endorsements, offshore assignments and private appearances by the actor who has starred in films like 'Dostana', 'Anjaana Ajaani', 'Kaminey'.
I-T officers are now checking her income received from advertisements, foreign assignments and guest appearances.
"The I-T department had approached the actors including Chopra for the documentary as they are considered youth icons and Aamir (Khan) and Akshay (Kumar) were amongst the top tax payers in the film industry," a senior I-T officer said.
But, when it comes to professional duties, the department will conduct inquiries against anyone and everyone, the officer added.
Another actor Katrina Kaif was also covered in Monday’s searches.
Income Tax department officials on Tuesday questioned Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra's mother Madhu in connection with the alleged tax evasion by her daughter.
"We suspect that Madhu Chopra would have crucial details of properties and investments. We have recorded her statement," an I-T official said, adding that Madhu could not be questioned on Monday as she was not in town.
The official said that Priyanka allegedly owned eight flats in the city, including five in the Raj Classic building in suburban Bandra.
"We suspect Priyanka is taking remuneration partly in cash for endorsements, overseas assignments and private appearances and investing in properties," the official said.
I-T sleuths on Tuesday finished raids at Priyanka's premises, while the raids at Katrina's house were completed on Monday itself.
The I-T official said that the 12 lockers found during the on Monday raid had not been unlocked yet.
"Investigations would take some time to complete," said the official.
Other than Priyanka and Katrina, I-T sleuths conducted raids at the premises of renowned photographer Atul Kasbekar, talent management companies Matrix and Bling. The department had also conducted raids at the premises of Priyanka's secretary Chand Mishra.
Mumbai, Jan 25 (Agencies): Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra whose premises were searched by the Income Tax department had only last year starred in a short promotional film aimed to spread the message of tax compliance.
Priyanka’s mother questioned