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I-T Department conducts searches on 24 premises of Kolkata based group

ANI | Updated: Nov 18, 2021 22:37 IST

New Delhi [India], November 18 (ANI): The Income Tax Department has seized unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 1.30 crore following an operation conducted on a prominent Kolkata based group engaged in the manufacturing of cement and real estate, said the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Thursday.
The search action covered 24 premises spread over Kolkata, Delhi and places in the states of Assam and Meghalaya.
According to CBDT's statement, six bank lockers have been placed under restraint. The search action, so far, has led to the detection of a total unaccounted income of around Rs 200 crores.
"The Income Tax Department carried out search and seizure operations on November 16 on a prominent Kolkata based group engaged in manufacturing of cement and real estate," the statement read.
"The search action has resulted in the seizure of unaccounted cash of Rs. 1.30 crore. Six bank lockers have been placed under restraint," the statement added.
A large number of incriminating pieces of evidence in the form of documents and digital data showing the evasion of the huge amount of unaccounted income of the group have been found and seized.
The evidence indicate evasion of taxable income adopting various malpractices such as suppression of production, unaccounted and under-invoicing of sales, inflation of the cost of purchases using bogus parties and unaccounted expenditure incurred in cash, the statement read.
Evidence of receipt of on-money in cash on sale of flats, by a group concern, has also been unearthed. Further analysis of seized evidences reveals that many paper companies are run by the group to provide accommodation entries to its flagship concern, it added.
During the search proceedings, incriminating evidence containing transactions of unexplained unsecured loans, bogus commission paid, and unsubstantiated share capital and share premium received through shell companies, have also been found and seized.
Firms of the group were also found to be run in the names of persons/employees who are persons of small means.
"While these employees were earning meagre salaries, payments running into crores of rupees were being made to such firms," CBDT said.
These firms are found to be operating from the factory premise of the group. (ANI)