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01-27-2011, 12:49 AM #1
Priyanka goes from I-T departmentís ambassador to suspect
Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra whose premises were searched by the Income Tax department had only last year starred in a short promotional film aimed to spread the message of tax compliance.
Chopra along with Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar had featured in a 20-minute-long documentary by the I-T department which was unveiled by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on July 24 in New Delhi to mark the first ever ĎIncome Tax Dayí.
The actors in the film had appealed to the public to pay their taxes diligently and honestly.
In an interesting twist of fate, I-T sleuths swooped upon Chopraís apartment in suburban Versova while the residence of her father, Ashok Chopra, in suburban Lokhandwala, was also raided besides the premises of the actorís secretary Chand Mishra.
The searches were conducted yesterday morning as the department suspected tax evasion on brand endorsements, offshore assignments and private appearances by the actor who has starred in films like Dostana, Anjaana Ajaani, Kaminey.
I-T officers are now checking her income received from advertisements, foreign assignments and guest appearances.
ďThe I-T department had approached the actors including Chopra for the documentary as they are considered youth icons and Aamir (Khan) and Akshay (Kumar) were amongst the top tax payers in the film industry,Ē a senior I-T officer said....being a human...