Thalapathy Vijay's name crops up in Income Tax investigation in AGS Cinema case

Source :SIFY
Author :SIFY
Last Updated: Sat, Feb 8th, 2020, 18:29:21hrs
Thalapathy Vijay

Chennai/Cuddalore: Kollywood star, Thalapathy Vijay's name has cropped up in an income tax case. According to latest reports, the actor was questioned by officials of the Income Tax department over a case involving alleged tax evasion.  

Income tax officials were reportedly probing an alleged tax evasion case linked to AGS Cinemas that offers production, distribution and exhibition services. AGS is associated with Tamil as well as Telugu film industry. Vijay's latest movie Bigil was produced by AGS Cinemas.

According to an ANI news flash on Wednesday, the actor was questioned by Income Tax Department officials in Neyveli, Cuddalore district. Initial reports said that the Tax officials were "questioning" Vijay over the AGS case. A subsequent report from PTI said that "raids were conducted" at Vijay's residence in Chennai. A report from Asianet says the actor's residence in Saligramam was the location of the raid.  

The Hindu's detailed coverage reports on how Income Tax officials reached the actor who was shooting for his upcoming movie Master at the NLC mining area in Cuddalore. An anonymous official is reported in this account as saying that Vijay had taken a "huge" amount of cash from his salary for the movie Bigil.  

It is also reported that Film financier Anbu Cheliyan's Madurai house was raided by tax officials. Search operations were reportedly carried at 20 locations including the residence and office of Kalpathi S Aghoram, an AGS promoter and at screens owned by his group. Tax officials were probing several angles including the payment received by Vijay for acting in Bigil. Several unconfirmed reports peg the actor's salary at upwards of Rs 50 crores per movie, and the tax agency could be probing this amount as well.

The South actor has a fanbase of 2.3 million followers on Twitter and the reports of a Tax investigation have lead to Twitter moments with #WeStandWithVijay trending within a few hours of the initial report. For fans however, Tax raids are nothing new for the Mersal star. A similar incident was reported in 2015 when income tax raids were conducted at 25-30 locations across Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala ahead of the launch of Puli.  

It is also interesting to note that the actor's recent movie Mersal had landed in a controversy. In this movie, Vetri, a character essayed by Vijay talks about GST and the need for better healthcare facilities. Vijay's character questions as to how Singapore that levies 7 percent GST offers good services while India levying a 28 percent rate could not offer basic facilities. Mersal whistled away to a collection upwards of Rs 250 crores within a month of release, however, there was a major controversy - opposition from the state BJP unit over that GST scene. The movie-makers were reportedly ready to remove portions of the movie that lead to the misunderstanding. To know more about that controversy, read our editorial- Mersal row: BJP's 'Vijay is a Christian' ploy backfires.

Meanwhile, here are some Twitter reactions: