Sleuths of Income-Tax (I-T) department visited the residence of actor Vijay at Panaiyur in Chennai. On 10 and 11 March, the co-producer of Vijay’s upcoming movie Master, Lalith Kumar’s house and office properties in the city were searched.
Officials said that they were merely at Vijay’s residence to remove ‘Prohibition order’. “This is not a raid or search. During the search last month, we sealed certain rooms, draws and lockers. We are in the process of removing the seal,” they said.
An income tax raid was held at the actor’s residences in Saligramam and Paniyur last month wherein he was bought to Chennai from the sets of Master in Neyveli.
At that time, the search by the I-T department on the premises of financier-cum-producer Anbu Chezhiyan, who produced Vijay’s Bigil, has resulted in the total admission of Rs 165 crore tax evasion.
The searches resulted in the seizure of cash, documents and gold ornaments from Anbu Chezhiyan’s premises. It is alleged that I-T sleuths found undisclosed income to the tune of Rs 165 crore and 1.25 kgs of gold.
An official press release from I-T department read, ”The common thread among all these entities was the success of a recent film which was a box office hit collecting around Rs 300 crore.
Large number of property documents, promissory notes, post dated cheques taken as collateral security were recovered during the search and have been seized. As per evidence detected during the search, it is estimated that the concealment, in this case, is likely to exceed Rs. 300 crore.”