Arrested for an alleged GST fraud to the tune of Rs 5 crore

The Economic Offences Wing of the police arrested Fatehgarh Sahib resident Jitender Singh Bhalla, alias Vicky, 39, Kharar resident Rajeev Poonga, 55, and Sector 49 resident Pushp Behal, 49, who allegedly committed the fraud by opening a firm in Dhanas on fake documents. Bhalla, Behal and Poonga forged the rent deed of the premises, took a GSTIN number and started issuing fake bills.

A case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the trio at the Sector 17 police station on December 13, 2019.

Deepa Chaudhary, ETO, Excise & Taxation Department, Sector 17, had lodged a complaint against Poonga, proprietor of M/s Vinita Enterprises, Dhanas. The complainant alleged that during the course of verification, it was found that Poonga obtained GST registration by fraudulent means. The main business of the firm, as furnished in documents, was supply of scrap. An excise and taxation inspector, in a report on January 21, 2019, stated that there was no business activity on the premises, rather a dental clinic was being run from there.

The suspects allegedly generated bogus invoices of sales and received bogus invoices of purchase from the date of registration (July 1, 2018). The demand of tax and interest was created to the tune of Rs 5,10,94,466.

Behal, who was running a dhaba at Sector 40, told the police that Bhalla, a scrap dealer, was the mastermind.

It came to light that Bhalla had also opened a firm, SAI Enterprises, at Jagadhari. A case of fraud was registered against Behal and Bhalla at the Jagadhari police station in 2020.

Bhalla was brought on production warrant on December 19 in the case and taken into police custody for three days. Poonga and Behal were arrested on December 20 and sent to judicial custody a day later.

The police said during the investigation, it was established that Behal got cheques signed from Poonga and handed those over to Bhalla.

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