Noida gang cheats government of Rs 55 crore in GST


GREATER NOIDA: A four-member gang was arrested from Surajpur on Thursday evening for causing a loss of Rs 55 crore to the government in GST revenue by forging bills required to transport goods.

The accused were identified as Rajeev (35), a resident of Adarsh Nagar area in New Delhi; Satendra Kumar (33) and Vipin Kumar, both from Surajpur, and Nitin Bansal, who is from Rohini. Their arrests by the Noida STF — around 6pm on Thursday — followed a complaint by the GST office in Surajpur.

Police said the gang had floated 16 companies with forged documents and got them registered in connivance with two computer operators at the GST office. After they got bills generated in the name of the companies for transporting goods from one place to another — commonly known as e-way bills — they would sell them to various businessmen against a commission.

The businessmen would then use the e-way bills to transport their own goods and evade paying GST to the government on transportation. When the government tried to trace the companies against whom the bills had been generated, it found them to be fake. The gang had allegedly generated e-way bills amounting to Rs 615 crore, which would have earned the government Rs 55 crore in GST.

Rajkumar Mishra, deputy superintendent of police at STF (Noida), told TOI they had been assigned the case in 2018 after complaints regarding the fraud were filed by officials of the GST department at Surajpur and Bisrakh police stations. It had been mentioned in the complaint that unidentified men had been causing revenue loss to the government by floating fake companies and illegally obtaining e-way bills.

He said that among the four accused, Satendra and Vipin were contractual employees at the GST office in Surajpur. “The main accused, Rajeev, told us during questioning that he learnt taxation by working with his cousin, Nitin Bansal, who owned a firm himself. He then roped in Satendra and Vipin, who worked at the GST office as computer operators,” said Mishra.

The officer added that Satendra and Vipin had admitted to having helped the other two in registering their companies on forged documents.

After registering the companies, Rajeev would obtain bill by showing false transportation of goods. “He handed over these bills to Nitin, who sold it further to businessmen and transporters on the basis of GST rates, which range between 1% and 18%. The businessmen did not pay any tax to the government. The gang had floated 16 companies, six of which were in Gautam Budh Nagar and 10 in Delhi,” Mishra said.

The officer added that the accused had been booked in four cases registered at Surajpur and Bisrakh police station under sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using genuine as forged) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. “They were sent to jail after being produced in court on Friday,” Mishra said.

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