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Sania Mirza summoned by Service Tax Department for alleged tax evasion

Sania Mirza, India's most successful women's tennis player, has been summoned by the Service Tax Department for alleged tax evasion.

Principal Commissioner of Service Tax office in Hyderabad issued the summons to the tennis star on February 6 asking her to appear before it in person or by an authorised agent on February 16.

The notice says "Whereas an investigation against you about non-payment/evasion of Service Tax/contravention of provisions of Finance Act 1994 and Rules made there under is being inquired.

"I have reasons to believe you are in possession of facts or/and documents and things which are relevant to the inquiry."

"You are hereby summoned under Central Excise Act, 1944 made applicable to service Tax matters under Finance Act, 1994 to appear before the Office in person or by an authorised agent on February 16 to give evidence truthfully on such matters concerning the enquiry as you may be asked to produce the documents and things," said the summons, which does not specify the case in which she has been asked to appear.

If you fail to comply with this summons and intentionally avoid to attend or to give evidence and to produce the documents and things, without a lawful excuse, you will be liable to be punished under the relevant provisions of IPC, it read.