In 2013 Too: Nirmala Sitharaman On Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap Raids
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and actor Taapsee Pannu were raided in 2013 as well, but no issue was made out then as it is being done now.
Refusing to comment on individual cases, she said it is in the national interest to know if some evasion is happening.
"First of all, I am not commenting on any A or B individual. (But) since the names were taken, (I want to say) the very same names were raided in 2013," she said in an interaction with journalists at IWPC (Indian Women''s Press Corps).
It "wasn't an issue (in 2013). It's an issue now," she said.
She, however, did not talk about the outcome of the 2013 raids and if any follow-up action was taken in the last seven years.
The Income Tax Department on March 3 began raids on the homes and offices of Taapsee Pannu and Anurag Kashyap as well as his partners, who launched the now-shuttered production house Phantom Films.