'Not so sasti anymore': Taapsee Pannu on Income Tax raids
Film actor Taapsee Pannu, who recently faced Income Tax raids, has opened up about the three days of search that took place at her properties this week. The 33-year-old said the Income Tax officials were looking for the keys to a bungalow that she allegedly owns in Paris and an alleged receipt of Rs. 5 crore. Here is more on what she said.
"Three days of intense search. Of three things primarily: 1. The keys of the 'alleged' bungalow that I apparently own in Paris. Because summer holidays are around the corner," Pannu wrote on Twitter this morning. "2. The "alleged" receipt worth 5 crores to frame n keep for future pitching coz I've been refused that money before (sic)," she added in another tweet.
"3. My memory of 2013 raid that happened with me according to our honorable finance minister (sic)," she further wrote. Her statement seemed to be in connection with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's comment on the matter on Friday when she said that the "same people" were also raided in 2013, but no questions were raised back then.
"P.S- 'not so sasti' anymore," she concluded her three tweets, in an apparent dig at fellow actor Kangana Ranaut, who often uses the Hindi term "sasti" or cheap against her and some other actors.
3. My memory of 2013 raid that happened with me according to our honourable finance minister 🙏🏼— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) March 6, 2021
P.S- “not so sasti” anymore 💁🏻♀️
The Income Tax Department on Wednesday began searching the properties linked to Pannu, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, as well as his partners who had launched the now-defunct production house Phantom Films. The searches were reportedly carried out across 30 locations in Mumbai and Pune, and both Pannu and Kashyap were questioned by I-T Department officials in Pune.
The tax invasion allegations against Pannu and Kashyap have raised questions and invited criticism from several quarters as both are outspoken critics of the ruling central government and lent voices to various protests, including the ongoing farmers' agitation. Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav tweeted, "Now Nazi govt is chasing social activists, journalists & artists to threaten them against calling spade a spade (sic)."