Nearly a month after the Income Tax department carried out raids in Actor Vijay's residence over his earnings from his last movie Bigil, IT sleuths had visited the actor's residence in Panaiyur, Chennai on Thursday that spurred the speculations whether the actor has been brought under the scanner of the Central government agency for another episode of IT raids.
According to the reports, the Income Tax department said that they had visited the actor's residence to unseal his properties and to remove the prohibition order that was imposed when the sleuths raided his residence last month. The reports say that this is not an IT raid or search and the authorities had visited his residence to remove the seals that were kept on some of the rooms and lockers in the actor's residence.
The reports stated the team of eight IT authorities has arrived at the actor's residence around 11.00 am on Thursday and these authorities are from the same batch of sleuths that raided his residence last month after suspecting tax evasion on his last movie 'Bigil'. On February 5th, the IT department had conducted the raids in Actor Vijay's residence, AGS Production company, and film financier Anbu Chezhiyan.
The search had lasted for more than two days and the authorities had directly gone to the movie spot of 'Master' where the actor was under shooting in Cuddalore and appraised him about the raid. The actor was then taken from the spot to Chennai for further interrogations. During the course of questioning, the Master movie shooting was halted and after two days of continuous raids, the IT department had recovered nothing from the actor's residence.
However, the IT sleuths had camped their searches in the properties belong to AGS and Anbu Cheziyan and after sieving Chezhiyan's properties in Chennai and Madurai, the IT department had exhumed the pile of unaccounted cash worth Rs 77 crore and along with that, the authorities had recovered several documents, post-dated cheques pertaining to the tax evasion. On the other hand, the sleuths had camped their raids in 38 premises that belong to AGS across Chennai and Madurai and according to the official press release of the IT department, the concealment would exceed Rs 300 crore. Following the raids, the parties were summoned for further explanations and on behalf of Actor Vijay, his auditor has appeared before the IT department.
AGS Cinemas had produced the Bigil movie while Anbu Chezhiyan was said to have financed the production company. Meanwhile, the fans of Actor Vijay had trended the hashtag of #WeStandWithVijay during the raids and they stated that the raid has political motives. IT authorities had visited Vijay's residence days after the department carried out the raid in the residence of Lalit Kumar, who is the co-producer of the 'Master' movie.