Hyderabad: In a marathon search that lasted seven to eight hours, income-tax sleut-hs searched the residence and offices of producer-actor Bandla Ganesh. The officials took with them ‘important documents’.
This IT raid on the close associate of transport minister Botsa was based on a “crucial tip off” as per sources. Bandla Ganesh recently produced the super-hit Gabbar Singh, starring Pavan Kalyan. He has been under the scanner for a while now before the raids finally took place on Monday.
The raids at the producer’s bungalow and offices at Jubilee Hills Road No 36, began at 10 am and continued late into the evening, with IT sleuths seizing a large number of documents.
The raid strikes when his big budget films like NTR Srinu Vytla’s Baadhshah and Allu Arjun Puri Jagannadh’s Iddharammailatho are due for release.
It is learnt that the producer has recently announced another big budget multi-starrer with director Koratala Siva, which has drawn keen interest from the IT officials. The producer’s films with big stars like Mahesh Babu, Ram Charan and Prabhas are also in the pre-production stage.
The IT officials have trained their gaze on Tollywood biggies in the recent past and producers Dil Raju and D.V.V. Danayya had come under their scanner of late. There are speculations that other big producers would be targeted and that producer Anil Sunkara tops the list.