- Pune-Thane based start-up group raided by Income Tax department
- Maharashtra unicorn has an annual turnover of over Rs 6,000 crore
- Raids were conducted at 23 locations in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, UP and MP
The Income Tax department searched premises of a Pune & Thane-based unicorn start-up group engaged in the business of wholesale and retail of construction material, across 23 locations, on March 9, CBDT officials informed.
Evidence revealed that the group has booked bogus purchases, made huge unaccounted cash expenditures and obtained accommodation entries, aggregating to over Rs 400 crores, CBDT officials said.
The group has a pan-India presence having an annual turnover exceeding Rs 6,000 crore. A total of 23 premises were covered in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, in the search operation.
A large number of incriminating pieces of evidence in the form of hard copy documents and digital data have been found & seized during the search operations.
This evidence was confronted to the Directors of the group, who admitted under oath this modus operandi, disclosed additional income of more than Rs 224 crore in various assessment years, and consequently offered to pay their due tax liability.
The search action also revealed that the group had obtained huge foreign funding via the Mauritius route, by issuing shares at an exorbitantly high premium.
During the search operation, a complex hawala network of some Mumbai and Thane based shell companies was also unearthed. These shell companies exist on paper and were created only for the purpose of providing accommodation entries. Preliminary analysis has revealed that the total quantum of accommodation entries provided by these shell entities exceeds Rs 1,500 crore.
So far, unaccounted cash of Rs 1 crore and jewellery of the value of Rs 22 lakh have been seized.
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