Calcutta High Court asked film actress Suchitra Sen to deposit Rs five lakh before opening up a hearing of her appeal challenging the income tax (I-T) department directive to pay hefty taxes for her flat in the city’s southern part. This is for the second time Ms Sen moved an appeal against the I-T department for imposing a wealth tax penalty of over Rs 30 lakhs on her property.
The case dates back to 1991 when she entered into an agreement with P S Housing for the construction of a multi-storeyed building on her old residence at Ballygunje Circular Road.
She has given counsel Shibendu Bose the power of attorney to file the petition on her behalf.
Justice Soumitra Pal had asked her counsel Mr Bose why the actress did not file the appeal personally when the case came up for hearing on Thursday.
The legendary actress had secluded herself from the public after the release of her last film in 1978. The last time she appeared in public was few years back when she stepped out of room to be photographed for her voter’s identity card.
The developers had allotted her 45 per cent of the total area in the new complex. Out of nine flats, she showed only six and converted three into a composite flat for herself.
She appealed before the income tax authority for exemption from paying wealth tax on three separate flats amounting to nearly Rs one crore. The appeal was however rejected.