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I-T Dept raids Mumbai gutka producer; detects Rs 1,500 crore unaccounted transactions

The raids have led to detection of foreign assets lying with a company registered in tax-haven British Virgin Islands (BVI) with an office in Dubai, and controlled and managed by the Chairman of the group

twitter-logoDipak Mondal | February 15, 2021 | Updated 19:36 IST
I-T Dept raids Mumbai gutka producer; detects Rs 1,500 crore unaccounted transactions
The raids were carried out from 8 February to 13 February

The Income Tax Department has detected unaccounted transactions of Rs 1,500 crore by a Mumbai-based Gutka and Pan Masala manufacturer after week-long raids on the premises of the company located across many parts of the country.

The raids were carried out from 8 February to 13 February.

The raids have led to detection of foreign assets lying with a company registered in tax-haven British Virgin Islands (BVI) with an office in Dubai, and controlled and managed by the Chairman of the group. The net worth of the BVI company is Rs 830 crore created by siphoning of funds from India. This fund has been round-tripped to India in the form of a share premium amounting to Rs 638 crore in flagship companies of the group.

During the raids, various digital evidence and forensic analysis have yielded email communication, establishing control and management of the company with the promoter of the group searched. One of the employees, who was also a shareholder in the BVI company, was identified and cross-examined with the promoter. It has been accepted by parties involved that the employee was not aware of being a shareholder in the company and he had signed papers on the instruction of the main promoter.

Further, it has been found that the group has fraudulently availed deduction under section 80IC of the Income-tax Act, 1961 to an extent of Rs 398 crore. The group has set up two entities in Himachal Pradesh and was found to indulge in sham transactions in order to claim the deductions.

It was also found in the raids that the company had unaccounted production of pan masala of an amount of Rs 247 crore at two factory premises of the group.

The group's Gandhidham unit has falsely claimed Rs 63 crore deduction under section 10AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961.

The income tax department seized Rs 13 lakh cash and jewellery worth Rs 7 crore. Prohibitory orders have also been placed on 16 lockers and in 11 premises of the company.

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