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GST dept freezes Telugu star Mahesh Babu's accounts over service tax dues

A senior official of the GST department said Mahesh Babu failed to get any reprieve from any appellate authority on this issue

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Mahesh Babu
Telugu film-star Mahesh Babu. File photo

The Goods and Services Tax department on Thursday said it has attached the bank accounts of Telugu superstar to recover dues from him. 

According to a press release issued by the Hyderabad Commissionarate, has not paid the during 2007-08 for the taxable services he rendered as brand ambassador, appearance money and advertising for promotion of products among others.

"The total tax due from him was Rs 1.85 million. Today, the department has attached his bank accounts in Axis Bank and ICICI Bank for an amount of Rs 7.35 million, which includes tax, interest and penalty," it said.

When contacted, a senior official of the department said failed to get any reprieve from any appellate authority on this issue. 

"We have attached the bank accounts and started recovering... We have recovered Rs 4.2 million from Axis Bank today. Balance, ICICI bank has to pay by tomorrow."

Otherwise, action will be taken against ICICI Bank. Under section 74 of the Finance Act 1994, the bank is responsible for payment, sources told PTI.

They further said the 43-year-old actor cannot operate the bank accounts until he settles the tax dues with the department. 

First Published: Thu, December 27 2018. 21:35 IST