Income Tax Dept conducts searches on prominent Nagpur figure

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New Delhi: Income Tax Dept conducts searches on prominent Nagpur figures. The Income Tax Department has carried out a search and seizure operation in the case of a prominent public figure in Nagpur and his family members, who have wide business interests spanning the fields of education, warehousing, and agri-business across Maharashtra.

More than 30 premises were covered in the search and survey operations spread across Nagpur, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Kolkata.

Income Tax Dept conducts searches on prominent Nagpur figures. The department said that during the course of the search and seizure operation, conducted on September 17, many incriminating documents, loose sheets, and other digital evidence were found and seized.

This evidence clearly indicates the involvement of the group in unaccounted financial transactions made outside the regular books of accounts including inflation of expenses, money laundering, bogus donation receipts, unaccounted cash expenses, etc, an IT Department’s statement said.

Evidence for receipt of bogus donation in the hands of the Trust run by the assessee group through money laundering, using Delhi-based companies to the extent of Rs 4 crore has been found. This clearly substantiates the laundering of the unaccounted income of the assessee routed as donations to the Trust, it said.

Further, specific evidence has been unearthed which reveals that three educational institutions of the trust have indulged in inflation of expenses in which salaries paid to the employees were partly collected back in cash. Such evidence was found for several financial years and amount to more than Rs 12 crore.

During the search, it was also detected that the Trust, apart from the suppression of receipts, has paid substantial amounts to brokers for arranging admissions. Such payments, to the tune of about Rs 87 lakh have been paid in cash and are completely unaccounted.

Evidence found during the search clearly indicates concealment of income to the extent of about Rs 17 crore, the department said. Several bank lockers found during the course of the search operation have been put under prohibitory orders. The evidence gathered during the search is being examined and further investigations are in progress.

–IANS

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