About 30 teams of the Income-Tax department began conducting searches in the premises of 4 Kannada film actors and three producers across the city for alleged tax evasion, said an official on Thursday.
“The searches are being conducted by our teams at 27 locations across the city in the official and residential premises of 4 Kannada actors – Shivaraj Kumar, his brother Puneeth Kumar, Sudeep and Yash and three producers – Rockline Venkatesh, C.R. Manohar and B. Vijaykumar,” the official told IANS.
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The searches, which the tax sleuths began at 8 a.m., are being conducted under Section 132 of the Income-Tax Act, 1961, after warrants were issued to the actors and producers.
“The actors and producers are aware of the impending search on their premises, as search warrants were issued to them in advance for verifying documents and papers pertaining to their income, assets and properties,” said the spokesperson on the condition of anonymity.
Shivaraj and Puneeth are the sons of Kannada matinee idol Rajkumar.
“As the exercise is on, it is premature to say what has been searched, assessed or seized. We may issue a statement later depending on the material searched and seized,” the official added.