GST Intelligence Agency raids Tamil actor Vishal's production house in Chennai

Day After Tamil Actor Vishal Criticises BJP State Prez H. Raja GST Intelligence Team Raids His House

Tamil and Telugu actor Vishal has been surprised by a team of GST Intelligence Agency who conducted raids on Vishal's residence and other premises which includes the office of his production house Vishal Film Factory.

This comes immediately after the actor criticised Tamil Nadu BJP leader H Raja for watching parts of Vijay's movie "Mersal" online.

Led by four senior officials from the GST intelligence wing, the raid started in the afternoon. "Raids to check his past excise records since he is a film producer and distributor", they said.

A Times of India report said the raid happened "following information that he had allegedly evaded service tax to the tune of several lakhs of rupees". However, now it looks like his support has backfired as it has drawn the ire of the GST intelligence agency. Vishal is also the president of the Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council.

"Dear Mr H Raja, as a leader and prominent personality, you are advocating piracy and blatantly agreeing to it", Vishal said in a statement.

While speaking to Tamil channel Puthiya Thalamurai, party spokesperson and national secretary of the Bhartiya Janata Party mentioned that he saw Vijay's "Mersal" - on the "net".

However, Raja later claimed that he only watched a few clips of the film on his phone and did not have the patience to sit through the whole film, as reported by News18.

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