A 32-year-old office assistant, living in the slums of Mumbai’s Bhayander (west) area, was left in a state of shock after he received a notice from the Income Tax department stating that he had to pay Rs 5.4 crore as tax dues.
The man has been identified as Ravi Jaiswal. According to the I-T notice, Ravi owned four companies.
Soon after he received the notice, Ravi approached the Thane superintendent of police Mahesh Patil who later ordered a probe after examining his financial status.
During the investigations, it was revealed that Ravi’s PAN and Aadhaar cards were used to start four bogus companies—Shayansh Corporation, Gem Redtech, State Ford Textiles and Purvi Realty— post-demonetisation, said inspector Rajendra Kamble of Bhayander police station.
According to Times of India, Ravi told police that when he joined the firm of Kandivli-based chartered accountant Rajesh Agrawal in 2008, he was asked to submit his PAN and Aadhaar cards to open a bank account, but he got his salary in cash. In 2012, he left Agrawal and joined another firm.
On December 17, Bhayander police arrested Rajesh Agrawal and three others for allegedly starting four bogus companies in Ravi’s name to launder money. They have been sent to police custody by a Thane court.