Mirza summoned for ‘alleged’ tax evasion

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is reportedly in trouble back home after been issued notice by the Service Tax department in Hyderabad, India, over alleged non-payment or tax evasion.

The notice, which is being carried by various Indian news outlets, claims a summons was issued on February 6 to the 30-year-old former world number one doubles specialist indicating that she or her representatives will have to appear in court on February 16

The summons issued, reads: "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," it said.

"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," the notice said.

In August 2016, the successful doubles partnership between Mirza and Swiss star Martina Hingis came to an end after a string of poor results. Since partnering up in March 2015 the duo won three of the six Grand Slams that they contested in during the course of their partnership winning a total of 14 titles in 16 months. 

Mirza, who resides in Hyderabad, is currently ranked seventh in doubles and has won an estimated US $6,523,357 in prize money and is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.