Neyveli: With the raids continuing for over 24 hours now, the Income Tax officials on Thursday found Rs 65 crore during raids at the properties of a powerful financier in the Tamil film industry, and the residences of superstar Vijay. The raids were conducted in connection with an alleged tax evasion case linked to AGS Cinemas, said sources.

Income Tax officials searched the properties of AGS Cinemas and film financier Anbu Cheliyan in Madurai and questioned Vijay in connection with an alleged tax evasion case. Around 38 premises have been covered in the raid.

According to I-T sources the counting of money is still on and so there are chances that the amount will rise. Vijay's wife was at Chennai home when I-T sleuths carried out a raid at his residence.

Speaking on reports of the actor being intervened during the shooting of the upcoming film Master, ANI quoted the Income Tax official as saying, "Actor Vijay was not picked up between his shooting as reported in some media reports."

Also read: I-T raids continue on second day at Thalapathy Vijay’s residence

The actor was shooting for his upcoming film Master in Neyveli when he received the news of the raid.

"Actor Vijay had cut short his shooting and returned to his home immediately after getting the news of raids. Now, the officials are ready to facilitate him to continue his shooting if he wishes to," sources from the Income Tax said.

Income Tax officials reportedly said that the searches are purely based on evidence and no political connotation ought to be given.

According to reports, the Tamil Nadu state police has been providing security for carrying out the searches.