Indian film industry has always been a prime target when it comes to Income Tax raids. Suspicious unaccounted earnings by the film stars, filmmakers etc raise an alarm among the IT officials who undertake a surprise raid on their property in order to come up with proof. Take a look at some of the Bollywood and South film industry stars who were subject to IT raids:
Salman Khan: Bollywood’s Dabangg Khan has always been surrounded with controversies. The actor was subject to IT raids in the year 2000 where his Mumbai as well as Panvel property were raided by government. After the success of Dabangg, his brother Arbaaz Khan was also interrogated by the IT officials.
Vijay: Tamil star Vijay’s property was recently raided by the Income Tax Department officials over a complaint against his film ‘Puli’. Reportedly, a complaint had been lodged that some of the amount invested in the film ‘Puli’ is unaccounted for, and to search for the same involvement of black money, the IT officials raided Vijay’s personal as well as official property.
Katrina Kaif: In the year 2011, Katrina Kaif’s Mumbai apartment was raided by IT officials. As Kaif failed to provide the officials with proper details of her taxing, the actress was subjected to lot of questioning to which she denied her involvement in possession of any kind of black money. However nothing was ceased from the actress’ Mumbai apartment.
Priyanka Chopra: In the year 2011, amidst the rumours of her dating Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra’s Mumbai residence was raided by IT officials. It was said that assets worth 7.5 crores were found in the Quantico stars apartment. However no further details of the same were provided. Her apartment was apparently raided for suspicions of tax evasion.
Nagarjuna: South stars are not excluded either, actor Nagarjuna was also a subject to IT raid back in the day when his father’s production banner Annapurna Cine Studios was raided by the officials. Apparently the production house started by veteran actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao and his two sons Nagarjuna and Venkat was raided by IT officials for unaccounted money.
Sanjay Dutt: Much like Salman Khan, actor Sanjay Dutt has also been in and out of controversies. Sanjay Dutt’s residence was raided when the IT department was tipped off about the actor’s crores worth of custom watches. According to reports, a whooping sum of Rs. 250 crores is riding on the star. He is currently finishing his jail sentence in Pune.
Ravi Teja: Tollywood superstar Ravi Teja was a subject to IT raids few years ago. When his blockbuster films ‘Mirapakai’ and ‘Don Sreenu’ were released, Teja’s IT return did not show any signs of the movie. Moved by suspicion based on the same, Income Tax officials raided Teja’s Jubilee Hills residence in Hyderabad.
Rani Mukerji: In the early 2000s, Rani Mukerji was at the peak of her career. Commercially successful films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Badal etc were all in her kitty. Income Tax officers raided Rani Mukerji’s apartment for unaccounted black money and it is said that an amount of Rs. 12 lakhs was ceased from the operation.
Madhuri Dixit: One of the most controversial raids was of actress Madhuri Dixit’s house. The IT officials went so far as to tear down the walls and furniture of the actress’ residence, only to find hidden money stashed inside the walls. According to a reliable source back then, the actress had handed over the money to her manager to take care of.
Sonu Sood: Actor Sonu Sood started building hype for his name in the industry after films like Dabangg, Shootout at Wadala, Jodhaa Akbar and more. During this time the actor had apparently purchased a property worth Rs. 30 crores. This was enough for the IT officials to raise an alarm of suspicion and raid the actor’s apartment.