No respite for Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl as the Income Tax department will continue to grill them today. On Wednesday, March 3, the offices and homes of these celebrities in Mumbai and Pune were searched by the I-T department. Both Taapsee and Anurag were grilled for over 6 hours on Wednesday. Sources say that the profits made by them don’t match with the returns filed by them. The searches may continue for three more days, say I-T sources.
After hours of grilling by the I-T department on Wednesday, Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl will be be questioned today as well. The I-T department is conducting searches on people related to Phantom Films for tax evasion. Raids were made at 22 locations in Mumbai and Pune linked to Phantom Films and the talent management agency, Kwan, on Wednesday. According to inside sources, the raids and questioning is happening as the I-T department has found that the profits made by these celebrities don’t match their returns. The searches may continue for three more days as the officials are taking back-up of every digital evidence which they have found during the searches, which is time consuming.
The I-T sources reveal that the questioning of individuals is taking place based on the evidence which the officials already have. The department have many leads and seizures have taken place during the searches.
On Wednesday, The I-T officials went through volumes of documents and electronic data at all search locations associated to Anurag Kashyap, Taapsee Pannu, Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl. The officials seized laptops and documents for evaluation. The I-T team left Anurag Kashyap’s residence after almost 11 hours of investigation. After the searches were concluded and I-T department evaluated their findings, the suspects were summoned by the agency through a notice. The questioning of Anurag Kashyap and Taapsee Pannu continued the entire night.
Phantom Films was a film production and distribution company established by Anurag Kashyap, director Vikramaditya Motwane, producer Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl in 2011. It was cited as the “director’s company”. In March 2015, Reliance Entertainment picked up 50 per cent stake in the company. Phantom Films was dissolved in October 2018 after sexual harassment charges were levelled against one of the co-founders, Vikas Bahl.
The production company had churned out many critically acclaimed films, which includes Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha’s Lootera (2013), Kangana Ranaut’s Queen, Anushka Sharma’s NH10 (2015), Ugly (2013), Hunterrr (2015), Bombay Velvet (2015) and Masaan (2015).