The fight is getting murkier, it appears on the issue of ‘Mersal’ movie. After all kinds of verbal duel between politicians and actors fraternity, it was on Tuesday that Tamil actor Vishal’s production house was raided by Income Tax Department officials.This comes only a day after he got into a war of words with the state BJP over criticism of the Centre in the Vijay film Mersal.
Interestingly however, the initial reports suggested that the raids had been carried out by the GST Intelligence team, which in turn led to speculation that it was a fallout of the actor’s spat with BJP leader H Raja over the movie Mersal.
The reports, however, were denied by the GST Intelligence. “It is to clarify that the officers of DGGSTI have not conducted any such search operations and the news which is being circulated is factually incorrect and false,” Joint Director of DGGSTI PVK Rajasekhar said in a release. Sources in the Income Tax Department too clarified that the raids were conducted by them.
Vishal Film Factory has reportedly assured the I-T department that the pending TDS would be deposited in two to three instalments. The department has issued summons to the company to appear on Friday.
Responding to the incident, the actor said he had no previous knowledge about the raids and had to send his team when the I-T officials decided to raid his production house. Vishal had a day earlier accused BJP leader H Raja of advocating piracy by watching Vijay-starrer Mersal online, a charge rejected by latter.