DRI issued notice to Amitabh

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has again come under scanner for a wrong reason. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has issued a notice to Amitabh Bachchan for not declaring dutiable goods on return from a London trip in May 2007. In London, Amitabh had purchased clothes and other accessories worth Rs 36 lakh (44,306.81 pounds) and sought a VAT refund of only Rs 4 lakhs (£6,000 pounds) at London's Heathrow Airport and on landing at Mumbai airport, he had showed the total value of dutiable imported goods as nil.

When contacted Bachchan said, "It's an old case. We have already paid duty and interest on it." Junior Bachchan has also been issued a separate show cause notice for bringing goods worth Rs 60 lakhs from London and thereby walking through the green channel. The two were later asked to pay up duty and had quickly paid a total of about Rs 35 lakhs.

The declaration form states that the free allowance of passengers of Indian origin is Rs 25,000. On the basis of the declaration, the DRI had issued notice to Big B for violating the rules.