Rs 60-lakh tax evasion by 'Hero No 1'?

Mumbai: 'Hero No 1' is in trouble as Service Tax Department of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) recorded the statement of actor Govinda on Wednesday for allegedly evading around Rs 60 lakh service tax.

According to media reports, The department had summoned former parliamentarian for explanation on last Friday but he didn't turn up after which the officials visited him at his Juhu office and recorded his statement.

Tax officials collected Govinda's bank accounts details. Govinda's balance sheet of the last three years showed around Rs 5 crore income. To avoid any legal action, the tax officials have told the actor to pay the service tax in the next couple of weeks.

On Wednesday afternoon, a team visited Govinda's house to question him on the tax evasion. He was not found at home after which the team went to his office.

Sources said that Govinda called several officials asking for help but no one came forward for his recuse. He told officials about his inability to pay the service tax and requested them to reduce the amount.

As per the reports, the actor had collected service tax along with his fee for doing TV shows, commercial and movies in the last three years. Instead of transferring the collected service tax to the government, the actor used it for himself.