Renowned TV anchor Anasuya Bharadwaj was reportedly caught up in a series of rides by GST sleuths. Known to be one of the lead hosts in the television industry, Anasuya was observed to evade GST and service tax evasion, revealed the trusted sources from the Director General of GST Intelligence wing. The actor was said to snub the repeated notices from the GST officials to disclose the service tax pending pre-GST and also the current tax during the GST regime. Upon which she was served with the ultimate notice to pay Rs 80 lakh cash towards GST including the penalty which was coughed up by the anchor.
It was reported that the GST sleuths have cranked their whip on contractors, builders, infra companies, schools, consultancy services, educational consultancies, fitness centres and restaurants, the hospitality industry, steel traders and others in Hyderabad. The celebrities list also includes actress Lavanya Tripati and star anchor Suma. Flash rides were held in more than 46 locations and the sources revealed that almost Rs 50 crore was seized so far.