The controversies related to Movie mersal has taken a new turn when Media Yesterday claimed that GST Intelligence Wing Conducted Raid at the house of Vishal, Actor & President Tamil Producers Association. a day after he hit out at state BJP leader H Raja for allegedly watching a pirated version of the movie Mersal. Raja and other Tamil Nadu BJP leaders had slammed Mersal, starring Tamil superstar Vijay, for what they described as “false criticism” of central government initiatives such as GST and Digital India.
Vishal, who is president of the Tamil Film Producers Council and general secretary of the actors association, launched his production company in 2013. Official sources said the tax issue was linked to payments made to clients, including artists, and crew who worked for Vishal Film Factory.
The timing of the searches sparked intense speculation in Tamil movie circles after Vishal criticised Raja following the BJP leader’s remarks that he had watched portions of Mersal online. Known for his anti-piracy campaigns, Vishal sought a public apology from Raja on Sunday.
As usual, After News Break Out The Media without checking the facts & clarification From Actor Vishal Himself Published this news & Declared the move as Political Emergency.
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) October 24, 2017
Tamil actor Vishal’s production house was raided by the GST Intelligence agency on Monday for alleged evasion of GST https://t.co/oS8Ofo0Pb2
— News18 (@CNNnews18) October 23, 2017
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) October 23, 2017
NDA/BJP Govt stands on 03 constructs CBI, ED&IT.All unleashed on opponents/ dissenters&alternate view points. Vishal/Mersal latest target 🎯
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) October 24, 2017
BREAKING: GST raids on Tamil actor Vishal's house after he criticised BJP leader H Raja on Mersal controversy https://t.co/oRz3vjpSVy
— Janta Ka Reporter (@JantaKaReporter) October 23, 2017
But the Directorate of GST Intelligence has denied searching and raiding the office of the actor’s film production office. The actor-producer’s side has also confirmed that it was a normal check about TDS and not a raid as reported before. However, a statement issued by the Chennai intelligence wing in the name of joint director PVK Rajasekar said no search operations had been conducted in the office. “News circulating about our officials entering the office is wrong,” it said. “The raid started after 2 pm on the premises of the Vadapalani office of the production house. We are yet to know the extent of service tax evasion by the company. We have just started the searches after information collected for nearly one year,” a senior GST intelligence official
Spoke to Vishal Krishna. He says no GSTI officials came. Only IT officials came with clarifications on TDS.
— Dhanya Rajendran (@dhanyarajendran) October 23, 2017
People Income Tax confirmed that they are not conducting any raids at actor vishal's place
— Sangeetha Kandavel (@sang1983) October 23, 2017
And Here comes the official press release from Central Board Of Excise Customs shaming fake news.
Clarification on reports by some news agencies that DGSTI conducted search on premises of Sh. Vishal, President TN Film Producers Council. pic.twitter.com/KGH3K34rjG
— CBEC (@CBEC_India) October 23, 2017