Big director under IT scanner
The Service Tax Department officials conducted a survey at the offices of filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma in Mumbai, for allegedly not registering himself with the Department for the assessment purposes.
Sameer Wankhade, Deputy Commissioner, Service Tax, confirmed the development but refused to divulge further details.
Sources in the department said officials visited the offices of Varma's company, 'Ram Gopal Film Factory', and were in the process of recording his statement.
"We are looking for the projects that he undertook since assessment year 2010," said a source, adding that only after this exercise it would be known if Varma had any tax liability, and if he had evaded tax. Film directors are liable to pay the service tax. As Varma also directs Telugu films, officials had sought some documents from Hyderabad as well, sources said