Hyderabad: Twitter explodes after fans of actor Vijay took to micro-blogging site to support their idol after Income Tax officials questioned the star and raided his residences besides the properties of producers of 2019 blockbuster `Bigil’.

#WestandwithVijay# was trending on Twitter after IT officials questioned the actor. The hashtag has logged more than 300K tweets so far. Fans lambasted IT officials for allegedly being so unkind to their idol.

Vijay’s Bigil, which was released in 2019, grossed Rs 300 crore at the box office worldwide. Since the film has made headlines, its producers have come under the scanner of the Income Tax department for alleged tax evasion.

Income Tax officials raided the properties of the producers AGS Enterprises, actor Vijay, financier Anbu Chezhiyan and distributor Screen Scene.

Officials also questioned Vijay, who is currently shooting for his upcoming film `Master’ in Neyveli, on tax evasion. Later IT sleuths searched the actor’s residences in Panaiyur and Saligramam.

Sources said financier Anbu Chezhiyan, who is said to have lent money to AGS Enterprises, was also questioned by the officials. According to an official press release, the searches are being conducted at 38 premises belonging to a group associated with Bigil.

Income Tax officials have seized Rs 77 crore from the properties belonging to financier Anbu Chezhiyan. Many documents, agreements, post-dated cheques were also reportedly confiscated during the raid. The searches are still going on at several places.

Screen Scene Pvt Ltd, who had secured the Tamil Nadu distribution rights of Bigil, is also under the scanner of IT department.

The distributor, who is a part of the group, is also a real estate developer. Sources said IT officials have recovered important documents from the house of his friend. Scrutiny of the evidence is under progress, said the statement

Pranita Jonnalagedda

A features journalist who started writing because of her love for newspapers, Pranita Jonnalagedda is now exploring the digital space where she writes extensively on Telugu cinema. After fulfilling a childhood dream of working in the newspapers with brief stints in The Times of India and The Deccan Chronicle, Pranita is now a freelancing journalist who has contributed to several leading news portals like Film Companion, The News Minute, DNA, Telugu 360 and The Hans India among several others. Exploring her joint love for films and writing, she covers cinema in a holistic style and covers all the related trends, news, and fashion developments. An alumnus of Osmania University College of Arts and Social Sciences from where she pursued her Post Graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism, she is travel blogging when she isn't writing.

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