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Income-tax department raids Tamil actor Vishal Krishna's production house


Earlier, when the raid by the income-tax department's TDS (tax deducted at source) unit began, it was wrongly reported in the media that the raid was being coducted by the GST intelligence agency.

Manigandan KR

Income-tax officials on Monday, 23 October, raided the premises of Vishal Film Factory (VFF), the production house owned by Tamil actor Vishal Krishna. 

According to sources, the actor's firm has failed to remit Rs51 lakh collected as TDS (tax deducted at source).

The team, which was led by an official identified as Venkatraman, left once the VFF staff assured that they would pay the amount due in two or three instalments.

Earlier, when the raid by the IT department's TDS unit began, it was wrongly reported in the media that the raid was being coducted by the GST intelligence agency.

A clarification by a top GST (goods and services tax) official stated that the agency had not conducted any search at the Vishal Film Factory.

In a statement to the media, the director general of the Chennai zonal unit of GST intelligence 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."

Interestingly, the action by the IT department came just a day after Vishal, who is also secretary of the South Indian Artistes Association (SIAA), criticized a local Bhartiya Janata Party leader H Raja.

Raja has been leading the charge against actor Vijay's film Mersal (2017) for allegedly defaming GST.

Reacting to Raja during an interview with a Tamil television channel, Vishal had said, "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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