New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday hit out on the opposition for questioning the federal government with regard to the Income Tax (IT) raids on the properties of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and actor Taapsee Pannu apart from others, saying it exposes the double requirements on a part of these pointing fingers on the ruling dispensation.
Justifying her assertion, the Finance Minister stated that related raids had been carried out on the individuals linked with the Bollywood trade through the Congress-led UPA regime in 2013.
“I can’t point out any case and neither title anybody however questions are raised when such steps are initiated through the tenure of our authorities. When such steps had been initiated in opposition to them (Bollywood) in 2013 then why no questions had been put up?” Nirmala Sitharaman requested.
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“Isn’t this double requirements? Should we not resolve the matter to search out out whether or not one thing unsuitable is going down or simply questions have to be raised for the reason that raids had been carried out through the tenure of our authorities?” she added.
The Finance Minister’s response got here because the leaders of a number of opposition events, together with the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led authorities of utilizing the central investigating businesses to silence these questioning the ruling dispensation on the Centre.
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The officers of the Income Tax division, which carried out searches on the properties of filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Madhu Mantena and actor Taapsee Pannu, discovered a number of discrepancies had been within the quantity floating round B-town transactions, together with manipulation of revenue and bogus expenditures.
Earlier on Thursday, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in an announcement revealed that they’ve discovered tax implications of about Rs 350 crore, including additional investigation is underway within the matter.