Fake GST Firms racket busted, goods worth Rs 40 lakh seized

Fake GST Firms racket busted, goods worth Rs 40 lakh seized
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State Taxes Department has busted a fake GST Firms racket operating simultaneously in New Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.

"Onthe basis of specific inputs the enforcement team of State Taxes Department,Jammu detained vehicle carrying goods worth Rs 40 lakh to the state," anofficial statement said.

"Onphysical inspection of the vehicle, the documents produced by the transporterswere put to online scrutiny. It was found that the racket is operational sinceApril 2018 and is deeply involved in the issuance of fake GST invoices alongwith fake e-way bills," said the statement.

 It said that the principal racket masteroperated under the name and style of Mahima Enterprises, AR Electricals andMahima Garments Export under the proprietorship of Rajeev Bhatia from Delhi andin connivance with fake GST number holders viz Mahima Trade Mart, PK PalTraders, Santosh Traders, Kathua, Ravish Traders, Kathua and Khan Enterprisesand were trading goods illegally for quite some time into the state from Delhi.

"Thefake racket firms in league with Blue Dot Couriers have till date successfullyevaded the GST using their ulterior practices. The State Taxes Department hasshared the information of the racket with Principal Director General, CentralExcise (Intelligence), New Delhi requesting a thorough enquiry on all thetransactions/actions of the above-mentioned fake GST firms," the statementadded.

AdditionalCommissioner, State Taxes (Administration & Enforcement), Jammu MohammadShahid Saleem said that on scrutiny of all the firms it was found thataforementioned are fake and have not filed GST returns from October onwardswhile nil returns have been filed till October 2018 despite having traded goodsworth approximately Rs 15 crore.

Hesaid that the address locations of all fake GST firms located at Jammu andKathua were checked physically and it was found that none of these firms are inexistence at the given addresses and some other businessmen/enterprises werefound active at the given sites/addresses.

"Thefirms also operate from an address being used by P.K. Pal Traders, a fake firmunder scrutiny in the case. He mentioned that this case is first of its kindbusted by the State Taxes Department, Jammu and it will be taken to the logicalconclusion as per GST law soon," he added.

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