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Saturday, 31 October 2020

Four excise officials booked for Rs 52 crore fraud in Sirsa

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 30

An FIR has been registered in Sirsa against four excise and taxation officials along with two firms for causing a loss of Rs 52.19 crore to the exchequer.

The FIR has named Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO) DP Beniwal, ETO Ashok Sukhija, Assistant Excise and Taxation Officer (AETO) OPS Ahlawat, ETO Mala Ram along with two firms — M/s Shree Trading Co. and M/s Vinay Trading Co., Sirsa.

However, the names of ETO Anil Malik and Tax Inspector Hanuman Saini have not been mentioned in the FIR, though there was recommendation against them too. It was the CM who had approved the registration of the FIR.

As per the FIR, the excise and taxation officials issued bogus input tax credit (ITC), C and F forms to firms without verification and checking the use of previously issued forms.

It added that the firms seemed to have been floated with a malafide intention to cause a loss to the state exchequer in collusion with excise officials by evading tax.

By claiming ITC and misuse of forms, the revenue loss was Rs 52.19 crore.

The case has been registered for cheating, forgery and criminal breach of trust on October 28.

Earlier on October 24, a case for cheating, forgery and criminal breach of trust was registered against Shabina Devi of Sirsa and proprietor of M/s Shree Balaji Trading Co. for evading the GST by making a fake firm, which caused a loss of Rs 1.20 crore to the exchequer. On similar grounds, Sanjay Kumar of Sirsa and proprietor of M/s Sanjay Sales Agencies was booked for using false and fabricated documents of sale and not following the GST rules. He caused a loss of Rs 18.75 lakh to the exchequer.

Meanwhile, 15 more traders were booked on October 24 for fraudulently claiming the ITC. Leela Dhar, proprietor of M/s Ganga Ram Traders, fraudulently claimed a refund of Rs 1.58 crore and similarly, Raman Kumar of M/s Vijay Trading Co. claimed Rs 2.46 crore, Ashok Kumar of M/s Nanak Chand claimed Rs 1.27 crore, Shyam Sundar of M/s Hazari Lal Shyam Sundar claimed Rs 1.31 crore and Sushil Kumar of M/s Rajat Traders claimed Rs 2.80 crore.

On the complaint of Excise and Taxation Department, Basant Singh of M/s Shree Tripuri Traders, Mangat Ram of M/s Shree Balaji Enterprises, Jitendar Malik of M/s Jitendar Trading Co., Shashi Garg of M/s Paras Trading Co., Kamal Bansal of M/s Jal Bhagwati Trading Co., Tara Chand of M/s Bhim Raj Tara Chand, Madan Lal of M/s JC Enterprises, Sunil Kumar of M/s RD Overseas Shop and Bhupinder Kumar of M/s Bhupinder Kumar Tushar Kumar were also booked for fraud in claiming refund.

from The Tribune

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