Officials from the Income Tax department have reportedly conducted raids at the residences of some Tamil film personalities, including Vijay Sethupathi.
According to reports, the searches were conducted at the house of Vijay Sethupathi inside a posh apartment complex at Kilpauk in Chennai.
Vijay Sethupathi, who had the release of Mani Ratnam’s Chekka Chivantha Vaanam on Friday, is now busy with a string of movies including superstar Rajinikanth’s Petta directed by Karthik Subbaraj.
In the past too, the Income Tax department had conducted raids at the houses of many film personalities.
Last year, Income Tax department had said the visit by its officials to Vishal’s office was a routine procedure to check for any TDS violations.
It said exercise to check tax violations had been on since the beginning of the current fiscal throughout Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Vishal, who was raided by Income Tax officials a day after his comments against BJP leader H Raja over the film Mersal, was in no mood to back down saying he was ready to face the consequences for criticising the government.
“If I have to face the consequence for speaking up against someone in the government, bring it on,” the actor-producer said.
The actor was not at his office in Chennai when the I-T team arrived. He said later, “I am honest and tax compliant. I shall face it. I’m yet to get complete details.”
He also said, “Even if it is vendetta I shall face it”. Asked whether he thinks there is a link between the income tax visit and his taking on a leader of the BJP, which rules at the Centre, Vishal said, “I don’t think so. Did I threaten him?”