Vijay under I-T scanner; officials question him, search his properties

Vijay was being questioned and his properties were being searched by officers of the Income Tax Department. He was questioned in Neyveli in connection with an alleged tax evasion case linked to AGS Cinemas.

“Actor Vijay is being questioned in connection with an alleged tax evasion case linked to AGS Cinemas,” said Income Tax officials. The AGS Cinemas had produced Vijay-starrer Bigil last year. The incident halted the shooting of his upcoming movie Master, a Tamil-language action-thriller film written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj.

Vijay’s questioning came just hours after I-T sleuths swooped down on the premises of AGS Entertainment and producer-financier Anbu Chezhian across Tamil Nadu. The searches were conducted in connection with Bigil which was a box office hit.

Reports said Vijay was questioned by sleuths on the sets of Master in Neyveli. “The shooting began only in the morning for a fight sequence. Actor Vijay was first served summons and questioned some time by I-T sleuths,” sources were quoted as saying.

When investigators, following Google Maps to the area where the shooting was taking place inside the NLC campus, reached a gate meant for locals, they were stopped by personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force and asked to go to the main gate. However, armed guards at the main gate denied them permission even though officials showed their identity cards.

The security personnel alerted the mines manager, who is the competent authority to issue permits. I-T officials then gave a request in writing, seeking access to the mining area without disclosing who they wanted to meet. They only revealed that access to the shooting site was required in connection with a case registered under the Income Tax Act.

The shooting of Master has been canceled after the raid by the Income Tax department officials who have also taken Vijay along with them for further investigation.

Executive producer of the film Archana Kalapathi had also confirmed that it was the highest-grossing film in her latest post on Twitter on the occasion of ‘Bigil’s’ 100th day. It has also been speculated on social media that Vijay will be receiving a high remuneration for his next film.