The Income Tax division’s searches at manufacturing homes and occasion administration corporations linked to actress Taapsee Pannu, filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl, and Madhu Mantena over alleged tax evasion drew extreme criticism from the opposition events.
Calling this an try to subvert voices rising towards the Centre, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Ashok Chavan mentioned, “Such raids have become very common nowadays as the BJP uses the central agencies to target people speaking up against their governments.” He added, “This happened to them as they are celebrities who voice their opinions regarding what is happening around the country.”
Reiterating the feelings of the Maharashtrian chief, Rajya Sabha MP and deputy chief of the Shiv Sena, Priyanka Chaturvedi tweeted, “Hope the Income Tax department of our country, is saved from bonded slavery status soon. Same wishes for ED and CBI too.”
Hope the Income Tax division of our nation, is saved from bonded slavery standing quickly.
Same needs for ED and CBI too
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) March 3, 2021
Hitting out on the central authorities for utilizing the companies to focus on individuals who don’t toe its line, lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan wrote on the microblogging website, “Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, Actor Taapsee Pannu Face Income Tax Raids. BJP’S A team at work to harass, intimidate & silence those who don’t fall in line. India has never seen such malafide use of IT dept, ED, NIA, police etc.”
Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Tejashwi Yadav, too, went on to criticize such raids saying the “BJP government has employed IT, CBI and ED to conduct raids on vocal and upright political rivals for their character assassination”. He added, “Now, the Nazi govt is chasing social activists, journalists and artists to threaten them against calling spade a spade. Condemnable Act!”
They first employed IT, CBI, ED to conduct raids on vocal & upright political rivals for his or her character assassination.
Now Nazi govt is chasing social activists, journalists & artists to threaten them towards calling spade a spade.
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) March 3, 2021
Earlier within the day, an official had instructed The Indian Express that the searches had been carried out as there have been cases of tax evasion. “The movies produced by the production house have been superhit, but the profits and account statements of the company are showing disproportionately low income,” the official mentioned.