The Income Tax Department has summoned Tamil film star Vijay to appear before it in the next three days to respond to queries regarding box collections of his last film Bigil which it has said has grossed Rs 3,00 crore . It particularly wants to know how much he got as his remuneration for this film.
Vijay was pulled out from Villpupuram where he was busy shooting his next film Master and taken to his Virugampakkam residence in Chennai and then to his farm house in Panayur on the East Coast Road.
The IT teams also simultaneously raided the offices of producer Kalpathi Agoram and his firm AGS, and Madurai based film financier Anbu Chezhiyan. It recovered Rs 77 crore black money from the residences of Anbu Chezhiyan in Chennai and Madurai.
In a press release issued a day after the raid, the IT department said found evidence of concealment of black money of Rs 300 crore.
It said:” "The common thread among all these entities was the success of a recent film which was a box office hit, collecting around Rs 300 crore... The highlight of the search is the seizure of unaccounted cash of about Rs 77 crore from hideouts and secret places located at Chennai and Madurai, purportedly belonging to the financier “ As per evidence detected during the search, it is estimated that the concealment, in this case, is likely to exceed Rs 300 crore," the release said without naming anyone, the actor, the producer or the financier.
Reports said the IT wanted to question Vijay what was the remuneration he got for Bigil.
While Bigil was an usual entertainer, his earlier movie Mercel made fun of Modi Government’s much touted demonetisation and the GST which have proved to be a disaster and have impacted the economy.