In a 1st in Rajasthan, businessman held for Rs 21-crore GST evasion


JAIPUR: The anti-evasion unit of the state’s commercial taxes department of the state arrested a businessman for a GST evasion of nearly Rs 21 crore.

A day after the arrest the accused was produced in a court on Saturday from where he was sent to the judicial custody till Monday. Sleuths of the unit said that this was the first arrest in the state for the alleged violation of Rajasthan Goods and services Tax (RGST), 2017.

According to the sources, the accused identified as Atul Chopra(44) is the director of Bhiwadi (Alwar) based company which is into the manufacturing of coated textile fabrics and his company was into outward supply of the goods to various state and also internationally. “Our team is into seeing various patterns including the sale and purchase records of various companies and the tax paid by them. During January 2019 some irregularities was found in the record of the company AM Vinyal Limited owned by Chopra,” said Shakti Singh, joint commissioner, anti-evasion, commercial taxes, Rajasthan while talking to TOI.

After noticing a big gap in the stocks available and the supply of finished goods and other thing the anti-evasion team under the direction of Pretam B Yashwant, the commissioner raided the Bhiwadi situated factory on April 23. “It was found that the company was involved into supply of a good amount of goods without any invoice or bills to evade the GST during 2017-18. It was well-planned by the company in order to evade the GST of nearly Rs 21.07 crore. Thus, it became a crime under section 132(1)(i) and 132(1)(i),” said Singh.

After getting incriminating documentary evidences, the unit arrested Chopra on Thursday under section 69 of Rajasthan Goods and Services Tax, 2017 which empowers the officials to arrest the defaulters.
“The accused was taken to the upper civil court, Jaipur-114 from where he was sent to the judicial custody till June 10,” said an officer. This was first arrest by any state unit for GST evasion, as zonal unit of Director General of GST intelligence, under the union ministry of finance had made similar arrests early this year.

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