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ED to issue notices to 35 actors

The notices will be issued to those film personalities who have allegedly received hawala payments.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2006 20:55 IST

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will issue show cause notices to 35 Bollywood personalities, including Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu, for alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), sources said on Tuesday.

The notices will be issued soon to film personalities who have come under the scanner for allegedly receiving hawala payments, the ED sources said in Mumbai.

Other movie personalities to whom ED is likely to issue the notices are actors Akshay Kumar and Dino Morea.

The alleged involvement of the Bollywood personalities in hawala transactions came to light during a raid by ED on the Andheri office of Talent Inc, an event management company.

During the raid, a laptop was found that contained the names of 35 film personalities who had allegedly received hawala payments from abroad, ED sources said.

The owner of Talent Inc, Manun Thakur, has been questioned. In his statement, he has not named Aishwarya as a recipient of hawala money, the sources said but refused to elaborate.

If the recipients have shown the money received by them from abroad in their income tax returns, they would be safe. But if they have not done so then this would constitute a violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, the sources pointed out.

The ED sources said the alleged involvement of the personalities came to light during the raid on Talent Inc and there had been no raid on premises of the stars.