April 20, 2014

Amitabh Bachchan receive court notice on ‘millionaire’ game show

By Sayed Jawad - Tue Jan 08 2013, 1:49 pm

Big BThe Supreme Court today issued a notice to megastar Amitabh Bachchan on a petition from the Income Tax department. The IT department says the megastar owes 1.66 crores in taxes for his show Kaun Banega Crorepati for the year 2002-03, NDTV reported.

The apex court tagged the case to a similar matter already pending with it raising substantial question of law.

Big B has been hosting the show for the fifth time since 2000. The only time it went on air without him at the helm was in the third season when Shah Rukh Khan hosted it.

As an anchor, Amitabh had been hosting KBC for the past four months. Among the 6 seasons of the game show, Amitabh has been the backbone and much adored anchor of the show. Only third season of KBC was hosted by Shahrukh Khan, when the show used to air on Star Plus.

In July 2012, the Bombay High Court had granted relief to Mr Bachchan by dismissing the appeal filed by the Income Tax Commissioner who reopened the actor’s assessment proceedings for 2002-03.

In their order, Justices M S Sanlecha and S F Vajifdar upheld an order of the Income Tax Tribunal which, on March 19, 2010, held that the assessment officer was not justified in starting proceedings under section 147 of IT Act against Mr Bachchan.

The Income Tax department had appealed in Supreme Court against the High Court order.

On October 13, 2002, Amitabh Bachchan had filed returns stating his income at Rs 14.99 crore for Assessment Year 2002-03. On March 31, 2003, he filed revised returns declaring his total income for the assessment year 2002-03 determining his income at Rs 8.11 crore. However, before the assessment could be completed, the actor, by a letter dated March 13, 2004, withdrew the revised returns.

Kaun Banega Crorepati — Who will become a Crorepati; popularly known as KBC is a television game show in India. It is based on the UK game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. KBC first aired in 2000 and was hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, his first appearance on Indian television. KBC initially offered contestants the chance to win up to one crore Rupees, but doubled this in 2001 to two crore Rupees, further adjusted from the fourth season to include a jackpot of 5 crore rupees. The show was well received from the very first season.

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