SRK’s Alibaug farmhouse attached by Income Tax department under Benami Act

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New Delhi, Jan 31: The income-tax (I-T) department has provisionally attached actor Shah Rukh Khan’s farmhouse in Alibaug, a beach town in Maharashtra.

The attachment notice was issued to Déjà Vu Farms under the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions (PBPT) Act in December and filed a report before an adjudication authority to confirm the attachment. Srk needs to file a reply before the authority within 90 days. Once the adjudication authority confirms the attachment, I-T authorities can initiate criminal action too.

Shah Rukh Khan’s Deja Vu Farms is worth Rs 146.7 million, but its market price is up to five times that amount, an IT official informed Business Standard. Khan’s farmhouse is a luxury property, and is spread over an area of 19,960 sq meters. The farmhouse is equipped with amenities such as a swimming pool, a beach, and private helipad.

Shah Rukh Khan, according to the report of Business Standard had initially purchased the property as agricultural land for farming, but the actor ended up turning it into a farmhouse for his personal use.

“The said transaction falls under the definition of benami transaction as per the Section 2 (9) of the PBPT Act, where Deja Vu Farms has acted as benamidar for the ultimate benefits of Shah Rukh Khan. Thus, the actor is a beneficiary for the said under the prescribed law,” said an IT investigation report according to Business Standard.

The report also highlights that the directors of Deja Vu — Ramesh Chibba, Savita Chibba and Namita Chibba — are Shah Rukh Khan’s father-in-law, mother-in-law and sister-in-law, respectively. Hence the control of the company was always with Shah Rukh Khan as the directors are relatives of the actor.

“Any person aggrieved by the order of the adjudicating authority of holding the property as benami or not, can file an appeal to the appellate tribunal within 45 days from the date of the order. An appeal against the order of the tribunal may be preferred in the High Court within 60 days,” explained official cited above.

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