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Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Punjab trader held in GST fraud case

Ambala, November 30

The police have arrested a trader from Punjab, who is believed to be one of the main accused in the goods and services tax (GST) evasion scam.

The crime branch arrested Rajesh Kumar of Fatehgarh Sahib in a case registered in March, a cop said on Monday.

This is probably the first arrest in the multi-crore racket after its probe was handed over to the crime branch. At least 29 fake firms had caused a loss of over Rs 22 crore to the state exchequer.

"We have arrested the trader, who is believed to be the main accused in the racket."

Not ruling out the involvement of officials in the racket, he said probe was on into how the accused got themselves registered on the GST portal by providing fake information. "Since the beneficiaries are from various parts of Haryana and other states, we are coordinating with our counterparts elsewhere to track the culprits involved in the fraud," he added. — TNS

from The Tribune

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