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Four top Kannada actors, 3 producers raided by IT officials in Bengaluru

The raids were carried out across 23 locations in the state and involved around 200 sleuths

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Puneeth Rajkumar
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The Income Tax (I-T) department Thursday carried out raids on the residences of four top Kannada film actors and three leading producers in a simultaneous state-wide exercise, officials said.

Actors and Puneeth Rajkumar, sons of Kannada thespian late Rajkumar, and Yash and Sudeep came under the I-T lens, officials told PTI, as the bigwigs of the state film industry woke up to the knocks of Income Tax officials on their doors.

The raids were carried out across 23 locations in the state and involved around 200 sleuths, they said.

'Rockline' Venkatesh, C R Manohar and are the film producers whose residences were raided, the officials said.

Nicknamed 'Hat trick star', is the son-in-law of former chief minister late S Bangarappa.

'Power-star' shot to fame for his role as a child artist in the Kannada movie 'Bettada Hoovu' and had won a Film Award.

Sudeep, who anchored the Kannada version of 'Big Boss', was hailed for his role in the movie 'Eega' (Makkhi in Hindi) and the multi-lingual 'Baahubali', which broke new grounds in Indian cinema and created records in box office collections.

Rockline is a relative of Congress MLA and

He had co-produced the Hindi movie "Bajrangi Bhaijaan".

Vijay is the producer of the latest blockbuster movie "KGF", starring Yash, Srinidhi Shetty and Anant Nag.

The film hit 2,460 screens all over the country on December 21 and is reportedly a box office hit, not only in Kannada, but also in the Hindi and Tamil versions.

C R Manohar has his own production house called 'Tanvi Films.' He has produced Kannada and Telugu movies.

His latest movie was 'The Villain', starring Shivarajkumar, Sudeep and

The raids on one of the places, the I-T sources said, unearthed a huge cache of cash and gold ornaments.

The I-T officials had brought with them a goldsmith to evaluate the ornaments.

First Published: Thu, January 03 2019. 15:45 IST