Popular Tamil film star Vijay landed in the tax net over the critical comments he made about the Modi Government’s pet projects of GST and demonetisation in his recent film ‘Mersal’.
Vijay has since made one more film Bigil. The tax authorities pulled him out of a shooting spot in Villupuram for his upcoming film ‘Master’ and questioned over alleged tax evasion on his Bigll collections.
The tax men also raided the offices and residence of producer and AGS Entertainment owner Kalpathi Agoraham , producer of ‘Mersal’ as well as ‘Bigil’. Immediately after the release of Mersal, the State unit of the BJP raised a howl of protest saying it had misinformation about GST and demonetisation. The film though was a big hit.
IT department sources said the raids were held at 20 locations, including at the residence and offices of AGS Entertainment founder Kalpathi S Aghoram and at the screens owned by him in Chennai and outskirts.
As a follow up to the raids, a special team of IT officials descended on the shoots of Vijay starrer film 'Master' at Neyveli and later questioned him at IT offices after raiding his Virubambakkam residence in Chennai. The raid in his residence was in connection with tax evasion over collection from his earlier film, Bigil, IT sources said. The questioning will continue on Thursday after which details will be revealed.