The service tax department has issued a notice to tennis star Sania Mirza over alleged non-payment of tax, according to PTI.

The notice was issued by the department’s Hyderabad office and she has been asked to appear before the office in person or via an authorised agent on February 16.

“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,” said the notice. 

“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.

 The tennis ace cannot go abroad without official permission.

Mirza was made the brand ambassador of Telangana in 2014, and was given a payment of Rs 1 crore. The service tax department said that she has not paid service tax of Rs 20 lakh on this amount, plus a penalty and fine.

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