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Mersal row escalates: Actor Vishal raided by GST team day after accusing BJP leader of advocating piracy

Days after a controversy broke out over references to GST in the Tamil film 'Mersal', a GST intelligence team raided the house of movie star Vishal, according to several media reports.

A three-member team began the raid at Vishal's house at 2 pm on Monday, Times Now reported.

The raids were conducted to check his past excise records since he is a film producer and distributor, Outlook quoted GST officials as saying.

The raids come a day after the actor lashed out at BJP leader H Raja, accusing him of advocating piracy.

Raja told a Tamil private television channel that he watched online a few scenes of the movie “which people said, had content which had hurt their sentiments,” according to a report in The Hindu.

On Sunday, Vishal hit out at Raja and was quoted in The Hindu as saying, "A national leader of a national party has just confessed to watching a newly released film not in the theatre, but illegally. Being a leader who is known by the public, how can you support piracy without any shame?"

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.

Updated Date: Oct 23, 2017 18:38 PM

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