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GST officials conduct 'routine inspection' at Tamil actor Vishal's production house


The action comes a day after the actor slammed Tamil Nadu BJP politician H Raja who has been leading the charge against Vijay's controversial film Mersal.

Manigandan KR

A top official of GST (goods and services tax) intelligence has clarified that the agency did not conduct any search at the premises of Vishal Film Factory, the production house owned by South actor Vishal.

In a statement to the media, the director general of the Chennai zonal unit said, "Certain news channels are circulating reports that officers of DGGSTI Chennai zonal unit have searched the premises of Shri Vishal, who is the president of the Tamil Nadu Film Producers' Council. This is to clarify that the officers of DGGSTI have not conducted any such search operations and the reports are factually incorrect."

Earlier in the day, a team of officials was seen visiting the premises of Vishal Film Factory and some reports said GST intelligence was conducting a raid to find out if the production house had evaded the newly introduced tax.

However, it has now emerged that the visit by the officials was a 'routine inspection'. The team was there to check the TDS (tax deducted at source) records, the actor's public relations officer Johnson confirmed. He said the inspection team was headed by officer Venkatraman.

Interestingly, the action came just a day after Vishal, who is also secretary of the South Indian Artistes Association (SIAA), came down hard on local BJP leader H Raja, who has been leading the charge against actor Vijay's controversial latest film Mersal for allegedly defaming GST.

Reacting to Raja telling a Tamil television channel that he had watched a pirated clip of Mersal on the net, Vishal lambasted him: "Dear sir, I, as a sincere citizen, true workaholic and a man who thinks twice to do anything wrong, seriously, I wonder how a political leader like you can watch a pirated version of a film which sets a bad example. Totally insensitive and uncalled for."

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