Income tax officials conducted raids on actors Vijay, Nayanthara, Samantha and the producers of Tamil film ‘Puli’ just a day before the Chimbu Devan directorial was tohit the screens. Due to these sudden raids, Puli premiere and morning shows were cancelled. When distributors demanded 30% money return since the Tamil Nadu government rejected tax exemption, Puli producers were not in a situation to pay back the money. Due to the raids they couldn’t do it.
Officials seized documents worth Rs 100 crore in the raids. They detained Rs 2 crore in cash and gold worth Rs 2 crore among other valuables in the places they raided. They conducted raids on 32 residences overall and offices of the actors and producers in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday and Thursday.
I-T sleuths conducted searches at the houses of ‘Puli’ producers P T Selvakumar and Shibu Thameens, producer ‘Kalipuli’ S Thanu, financiers ‘Madurai’ Anbu and Ramesh. They also raided Vijay’s house in Neelankarai in the city, Samantha’s houses in Pallavaram and in Hyderabad, Nayanthara’s houses in Tiruvalla and Tiruvananthapuram.As the raids continued for a second day on Thursday, theatres temporarily stopped the screening of ‘Puli’ because the producers failed to release funds. All theatres in Tamil Nadu and Kerala that were to show the film cancelled two morning shows. They screened the movie after the producers settled the payment issue.
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