As per the latest reports, Anushka Sharma has moved to the Bombay High Court against Maharashtra sales tax department orders seeking dues. She challenged two orders which were passed by the deputy commissioner of Sales Tax raising dues for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 assessment years under the Maharashtra Value Added Tax Act. On Thursday, a division bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Abhay Ahuja directed the sales tax department to respond to Anushka’s pleas. The matter will now be heard on February 6.
As reported by Hindustan Times, the actress moved to the high court urging to cancel the Sales Tax department's order, arguing that she should be taxed as a performer. Sharma opined that tax officials have assessed her at a higher rate than would apply to an actor or performer. The 34-year-old actress also asked the court to quash and set aside the orders passed by the Sales Tax department. She filed four petitions for the assessment years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma Spend Time With Daughter Vamika On The Beach; Cricketer Shares A Glimpse Of His 2-Year-Old
Her petitions come after HC last year refused to entertain a petition filed by Sharma's taxation consultant Shrikant Velekar challenging the Sales Tax department orders. In her plea, Anushka said, “Unless it is established that there is sale of goods (tangible or intangible), sales tax cannot be levied. The petitioner submits that as an actor does not possess any copyright in the film, the question of transferring/selling the same to any other person or producer does not arise.” She added, “Performer's rights are to protect the interests of the actor and are not for transfer or sale.”
Meanwhile, Anushka is making her comeback to films with the upcoming sports drama ‘Chakda Xpress’ where she plays the role of cricketer Jhulan Goswam. The biopic has been directed by Prosit Roy and also stars Renuka Shahane in a pivotal role.