Recently, Income Tax Department conducted raids at the offices and homes of Taapsee Pannu, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, and many other shareholders of Phantom Films. It also covered the group CEO of Reliance Entertainment, Shibhasish Sarkar, few talent management companies KWAN and Exceed, and some of the executives of celebrity. The raid was carried out across 28 locations in Pune and Mumbai and was part of a tax evasion probe against Phantom Films.
Taapsee Pannu and Anurag Kashyap are regular critics of the government and its policies. They have lent their voice to several causes including the ongoing farmer protest.
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Taapsee Pannu’s boyfriend Mathias Boe, a former badminton player, after the raids conducted at Taapsee’s property, tweeted to Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister asking for his help. Mathias tweeted that the raid is putting stress on not only Taapsee but her family too. He tweeted,
“Finding myself in a bit of turmoil. Representing for the first time as a coach for some great athletes, meanwhile IT department is raiding Taapsee’s houses back home, putting unnecessary stress on her family, especially her parents. @KirenRijiju please do something.”
Finding myself in a bit of turmoil. Representing 🇮🇳 for the first time as a coach for some great athletes, meanwhile I-T department is raiding Taapsee’s houses back home, putting unnecessary stress on her family, especially her parents. 🤷♂️. @KirenRijiju please do something👍🏼.
— Mathias Boe (@mathiasboe) March 4, 2021
Mathias Boe is from Denmark. He is a former badminton player and has now taken up the role of India’s badminton coach. In 2012 and 2017, Mathias is a two-time European champion and also received a silver in 2021 at Summer Olympics.
The Sports Minister responded a day later to Mathias’s tweet and wrote,
“Law of the land is supreme and we must abide by that. The subject matter is beyond your and my domain. We must stick to our professional duties in the best interest of Indian Sports.”
Law of the land is supreme and we must abide by that. The subject matter is beyond yours and my domain. We must stick to our professional duties in the best interest of Indian Sports. https://t.co/nIIf5C8TXL
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) March 5, 2021
The raids were conducted in connection with the distribution and production company Phantom Films helmed by Anurag Kashyap, producer Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl, and director Vikramaditya Motwane. In 2011, the company was founded by the Quartet before it was dissolved in October 2018.