C. Joseph Vijay, the renowned actor in the Tamil film industry was questioned by the Income Tax officials after they found Rs 65 crore during raids from a powerful financier in the Tamil film industry. IT officials searched the properties of AGS Cinemas and film financier Anbu Cheliyan in Madurai. Yesterday, the officers searched Vijay’s home in Chennai in connection with the alleged tax evasion case.
“The counting is still going on and the total seizure is likely to go up,” an official said.
According to the officials, their investigation revealed unaccounted transactions between Anbu Cheliyan and Vijay following which the actor’s home on East Coast Road outside Chennai was raided. Vijay is being questioned today as well.
Last year, AGS Cinemas had produced Vijay-starrer super hit film Bigil.
“The AGS group and the financier were under our watch for quite some time with regards to their films,” an officer stated. Vijay is the son of veteran film director SA Chandrasekhar.
His film Mersal was opposed by the Tamil Nadu BJP unit and the ruling AIADMK for containing dialogues seen as critical of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the notes ban. After GST was imposed, near about 1,000 cinema halls in Tamil Nadu remained closed for several days.
The raids were carried out in as many as 38 locations in Tamil Nadu. The Income Tax officials said that the probe is completely based on evidence and no political connotation ought to be given.