Maharashtra: Fake bills of 85 crores imposed, GST evasion of 15 crores caught

The Central Goods and Service Tax (CGST) Commissionerate in Thane, Maharashtra has unearthed a unique case of tax evasion, in which a footwear exporter carried out a major fraud through fake bills of Rs 85 crore. Now the exporter has been arrested for GST evasion of Rs 15.26 crore.

Input was shared by the Customs Department of Delhi about the trader. After receiving the information, investigation was started against M/s Corvette Tradelink Pvt. Ltd. located in Borivali, Mumbai. Investigation revealed that the company tried to save tax through many fake bills. Under this, bills were issued in the name of such institutions of Delhi, which are not in reality.

The director of the company has been arrested on Thursday. A case was registered against the accused under the CGST Act 2017 and he was presented in the court of Mumbai. The court has sent the accused to 14 days judicial custody. If the charges against him are proved, he could face up to 5 years in prison.

The matter had also come to the fore in Gujarat.

Earlier on February 24, a case of GST evasion of Rs 137 crore came to light in Gujarat by making fake bills of Rs 762 crore. In this case, Gujarat ATS arrested Nilesh Patel, chairman of Madhav Copper Limited of Bhavnagar. The investigating agency was tracking Nilesh Patel for a long time. The GST department had already arrested Afzal Sijani and Muhammad Abbas, Rafiq Ali in the tax evasion case. While Nilesh was being searched. A case was also registered against Nilesh. But Nilesh was on the run. Nilesh had also got the Supreme Court to stay the arrest. But anticipatory bail was not obtained from the court. It is alleged that on February 19, Nilesh tried to drive a car over the GST officials to evade arrest and ran away after hitting the officers’ car.