Excise Dept Grills Dileep for Hours - The New Indian Express

Excise Dept Grills Dileep for Hours

Published: 25th December 2013 09:33 AM

Last Updated: 25th December 2013 09:33 AM

Officials of the Central Excise Department quizzed cine actor Dileep on Tuesday over alleged evasion of service tax. The Department officials had raided his house recently.

Based on notices issued by the Central Excise Department, actor Dileep and his brother Anoop appeared before the department on Tuesday. The questioning of Dileep lasted for more than seven hours.

Dileep and Anoop produced several documents regarding their sources of income. Their statements, based on a questionnaire, were recorded.

It is learnt that the actor has agreed to pay the tax amount evaded by him once the department quantifies the sum.

The officials stated that the department will conduct a detailed probe in the case based on the deposition by Dileep. The probe will begin on December 27.

The agency would also question the duo once again, if needed, sources said.

Dileep arrived at the offices of the department in Kochi around 11 am and the questioning was over by 8 pm. Assistant Commissioner (Preventive) of the Central Excise Department V Pazhaniyandi told ‘Express’ that Dileep was very cooperative during the questioning.

“We have to verify the documents produced by them. After that, we will calculate the arrears amount which has to be paid by Dileep and then will inform him. If required, we may question him again after verification of the documents,” Pazhaniyandi said.

However, he declined to reveal whether the department issued notice to any one else from the film industry. The department officials stated that the actor was not at his house when the raid was carried out. Hence, it had sent him a notice seeking details of the unaccounted money found in his house during the raid.

The officials said the general public is usually aware of recent amendments to service tax rules, as they conduct awareness programmes regularly.

Customs officials said the government has made corporate transfers, such as film, music, and video rights, taxable under the new law. Actor’s remuneration was also made taxable from July 2012.

The Preventive Wing of the department had conducted raids at the residence and offices of Dileep, Sukumar and other actors and film personalities recently on charges of service tax evasion.

It is learnt that the officials seized `13 lakh and some documents from Dileep’s house. Customs officers had earlier said that the actor had evaded service tax payment by accepting a portion of his remuneration by cash or cheque, and the rest through distribution rights of movies.

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