Vijay (Photo Credit: Twitter)
After the Income Tax officials summoned top Tamil film actor Vijay after raiding his residence conducting simultaneous searches at several premises linked to a film production house. The charges pressed against him are tax evasion and his links with financier Anbu Chezhiyan.
ANI tweet on Monday read: “Income Tax Department summons Tamil actor Vijay over charges of tax evasion and his links with financier Anbu Chezhiyan.”
Income Tax Department summons Tamil actor Vijay over charges of tax evasion and his links with financier Anbu Chezhiyan.— ANI (@ANI) February 10, 2020
The actor last film Bigil was a blockbuster hit and the raid was conducted questioning his profits over its box office collecting more than Rs 300 crore. The searches, which began in as many as 38 locations in Tamil Nadu, were still on and unaccounted cash of about Rs 25 crore was seized from the premises of a Tamil film financier who had faced allegations of intimidation and arm-twisting to recover money, official sources told PTI. Rs 77 crore was seized from the residence of Anbu Chezhiyan, who had financed Bigil and has funded several Tamil films over the years.
Four major Tamil film industry players are under the I-T scanner. The four players include AGS Group - which includes AGS Cinemas and AGS Entertainment - actor Vijay and film financier Anbu Chezhiyan. According to a press statement issued by the I-T Department, all of them are associated with recent, Bigil.
Vijay is currently shooting for Master, which is being directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj.