I-T glare over Big B's Ray Ban

The taxmen are now after the superstar to disclose details of his accessories.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 14:06 IST

Amitabh Bachchan may have opted to sport Ray Ban worth Rs 2.7 lakh to give a real blind look to his character in the forthcoming Zamaanat; but Income Tax officials seem to have preferred not to turn a blind eye at the prized goggles.

According to reports, the I-T department has issued a notice asking the superstar to explain the purchase of Ray Ban glasses worth Rs 2.7 lakh.

If that was not all, the taxmen have also asked him to disclose details of expensive accessories in his possession.

The superstar had bought the sunglasses for from New York, because his role as a blind lawyer demanded it. He then insisted on paying for it and later, gifted it to the director S Ramanathan.

The sunglasses are expensive as they have a bifocal lens and also serve as regular spectacles. Moreover, they are Italian frames by designer Roberto Cavalli; prices start at Rs 40,000.

It's not the first time the actor has got into trouble with the I-T department. This is the fourth notice to be served on Big B since November 2005.

In February, the Income Tax department had served a notice to the seeking details of Tax Deducted at Source deductions by the superstar promoted-Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd in 2000-2005.

Earlier, in January, had received a notice from the I-T department regarding his personal tax dues, at a time he was admitted to the hospital.

Bachchan had paid the amount of about Rs 5 crore from the hospital itself.

Bachchan has a passion for watches. His favourite brand is Longines, which costs around Rs 2 lakh. His other interest is collecting pens — he owns over a thousand. Mont Blanc gifts Bachchan a special pen on his birthday. He owns 11 cars — including a Lexus, two BMWs and three Mercedes Benzes, but his favourite is the Lexus.

First Published: Jun 09, 2006 14:06 IST