Income Tax department moves HC against music composer AR Rahman

The Income Tax department has moved the Madras High Court alleging that Academy Award-winning musician AR Rahman has routed a part of his income through his foundation in an attempt to evade tax.

The Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Chennai has alleged that the composer had diverted money to AR Rahman Foundation and added that the amount could be about Rs 3 crore. In the meantime, the HC has asked the composer to respond to the charges by the Income Tax department.

The AR Rahman Foundation website says that the foundation creates opportunities to everyone-especially the underprivilged- to lead a better life, both mentally and physically, through music, education and leadership building. The foundation runs under the patronage of AR Rahman and the guidance of his mother, Kareema Begum. The day-to-day operations are overseen by the other trustees, Fatima Rafiq and Khatija Rahman.