Ram Gopal Verma, Shweta Tiwari get summonses from Service Tax Dept

Written by PTI | Mumbai | Updated: Sep 13 2013, 18:07pm hrs
Shweta TiwariShweta Tiwari, winner of the reality show Big Boss (season 4), has been summoned by the Service Tax Department.
Following a survey at the offices of Bollywood director Ram Gopal Verma and the recording of his statement yesterday, the Service Tax Department served him a summons, asking him to present himself before the officials for further questioning.

Film directors are liable to pay the service tax and Verma allegedly has not registered himself with the Service Tax Department.

"We have issued him a summons and asked him to appear before us on Monday," said an official.

The officials wanted to question him in connection with the films that he had either directed/ produced, department sources said. What was under scanner was the projects he undertook since assessment year 2010, they added.

Meanwhile, the department has also summoned model and television presenter Shweta Tiwari on Friday. "We have to conduct certain inquiries in connection with her income from certain endorsements, we suspect there could be some evasions," said an official.

Officials said that Tiwari, winner of the reality show Big Boss (season 4), had participated in the promotion of the show for the next two seasons. "We have to question her in that regard and other endorsements," said the official.

Deputy Commissioner, Service Tax, Sameer Wankhade confirmed the developments, but refused to divulge details.

Another filmmaker, Anurag Kashyap, on Thursday appeared before the officials, where he was grilled in connection with alleged service tax evasion to the tune of Rs 55 lakh. His bank accounts were already frozen as he had failed to appear earlier, officials said.