Summons issued to Sania for evading Rs 1 cr service tax



Indian  Tennis star  Sania Mirza appears to be in trouble off-court .  According to media reports , Sania  has been issued notice by the Service Tax department in connection with alleged non-payment or evasion of Service Tax.

The amount is said to be Rs 1 crore she received after becoming brand ambassador for the newly created state Telangana

The Principal Commissioner of Service Tax office while taking note of the offence  has now issued the summons to the Sania  on February 6 and has asked her to appear before it in person or by an authorised agent on February 16.

The notice according to PTI report says “Whereas an investigation against you about non-payment/evasion of Service Tax/contravention of provisions of Finance Act 1994 and Rules made there under is being inquired.

“I have reasons to believe you are in possession of facts or/and documents and things which are relevant to the inquiry.”

“You are hereby summoned under Central Excise Act, 1944 made applicable to service Tax matters under Finance Act, 1994 to appear before the Office in person or by an authorised agent on February 16 to give evidence truthfully on such matters concerning the enquiry as you may be asked to produce the documents and things,” said the summons, which does not specify the case in which she has been asked to appear.

If you fail to comply with this summons and intentionally avoid to attend or to give evidence and to produce the documents and things, without a lawful excuse, you will be liable to be punished under the relevant provisions of IPC, it said

The department has also directed her to not to leave country without permission.