Sameer Karnik arrested for non-payment of Rs 1.18 cr as service tax

Aug 24, 2013, 03:25 IST | Jigar Shah

Bad times seem to be plaguing Sameer Karnik, the latest being that the director-producer has been arrested on charges on evasion of service tax amounting approximately to Rs 1.18 crore

Sameer, who had directed Sunny Deol-Dharmendra’s Yamla Pagla Deewana was later ousted from the sequel. He also ran into trouble with Tusshar Kapoor who starred in his film Chaar Din Ki Chandni over non-payment of dues (for around Rs 1.75 crore). 

Sunny Deol

According to insiders, yesterday afternoon Karnik was summoned to the Service Tax office at Churchgate under the supervision of Service Tax Commisioner R Shekhar to explain his stand on trying to evade coughing up the amount.

Sameer Karnik

Says a source, “When they weren’t satisfied with his explanation, they arrested him. His lawyers were trying to procure a bail for him.”At the time of going to press, an amount of Rs 2 lakh was being arranged to bail Karnik out. A similar notice has also been sent to Deol for an outstanding amount of Rs 2 crore. Deol has apparently now cleared Rs 86 lakh and has had his statement recorded.

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