Yesterday, Income Tax officials questioned Vijay, who is currently shooting in Neyveli for his film with Lokesh Kanagaraj, Master. IT sleuths have been raiding AGS Enterprises (producers of Vijay’s Bigil). News reports point out that close to 20 locations related to AGS have been raided.
News agency ANI tweeted that the actor was questioned by Income Tax Department officials in Cuddalore district “in connection with alleged tax evasion by AGS Cinemas.”
“In continuation of IT searches, Actor Vijay who is in a shooting at Neyveli is being brought back to Chennai by IT authorities. In the presence of Vijay, his house and bank lockers also will be searched,” according to ‘Savukku’ Shankar.
IT officials confirmed that while they did not take the actor in custody, they did bring him back, and want to inquire about cash transactions. Officials also disturbed the shoot, according to news reports and sought to understand what his remuneration was for his previous film.
Meantime, Income Tax sources said actor #Vijay ‘s premises in Chennai, including his residence at Neelankarai another home at Saligramam, where his parents live, may be searched by Income Tax today for some “documents” related to his bank accounts @IndianExpress
— Arun Janardhanan (@arunjei) February 5, 2020
Sources : In continuation of IT searches, Actor Vijay who is in a shooting at Neyveli is being brought back to Chennai by IT authorities. In the presence of Vijay, his house and bank lockers also will be searched, add sources.
— Savukku_Shankar (@savukku) February 5, 2020
Today, NDTV reported that “Officials of the Income Tax Department found Rs 65 crore during raids on a powerful financier in the Tamil film industry, say sources as they also questioned actor Vijay yesterday. Income Tax officials searched the properties of AGS Cinemas and film financier Anbu Cheliyan in Madurai and questioned Vijay in connection with an alleged tax evasion case. Vijay’s home in Chennai too was searched yesterday.
Officials claim their probe revealed unaccounted transactions between Anbu Cheliyan and Vijay following which the actor’s home on East Coast Road outside Chennai was raided. Vijay will continue to be questioned today as well.”