Bollywood star Govinda receives summon from tax department

Mumbai: A summons from income tax department has been issued on Friday to former parliamentarian and Bollywood star Govinda as he has a due around of Rs 70 lakh.

“Govinda appeared in person at our Juhu office today and assured us of clearing his dues of around Rs 70 lakh over the next few days,” a department official told PTI here.

The actor did not respond to phone calls and text messages.

The official said as per Govinda’s balance sheet of the past three years, he has earned Rs 5 crore by endorsing products or acting in TV commercials or movies.

He was supposed to pay service tax to the tune of Rs 70lakh, but the actor did not do so despite intimation by the department.

As the actor didn’t appear before the tax department despite summons issued last week, officials had visited his house in Juhu last week to record his statement.

But the actor was not present.

Finally, Govinda, who was a Congress MP from North Mumbai from 2004 to 2009, was traced to his office nearby where his statement was recorded by the department officials lastWednesday following which he was asked to appear at the Juhu office, the official added.