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Income Tax Department Unearths Massive Tax Evasion and Dubious Practices in Raids on Politically Exposed Person and Associates

Income Tax Department Unearths Massive Tax Evasion and Dubious Practices in Raids on Politically Exposed Person and Associates

New Delhi:  In a significant move, the Income Tax Department has initiated search and seizure operations in the case of a Politically Exposed Person (PEP), along with his close associates and certain Government officials, on January 31, 2024. The search operation, which covered more than 25 premises spread across Raipur, Surguja, Sitapur, and Raigarh districts of Chhattisgarh, has brought to light a web of tax evasion and questionable practices.

Numerous incriminating documents, loose sheets, and digital evidence were found and seized during the operation, revealing the modus operandi of tax evasion employed by these individuals. Preliminary analysis indicates that these persons received ill-gotten money in exchange for granting undue favors in various government-related works.

The recovered incriminating documents disclose details of approximately Rs. 13 crore in ill-gotten cash received by the PEP through his close associates. Furthermore, evidence suggests that this illicit money has been funneled into real estate investments through the PEP’s associates. Additionally, evidence of on-money payment in real estate transactions amounting to about Rs. 3 crore, along with unaccounted cash expenditure exceeding Rs. 8 crore in the real estate business by the associates, has been uncovered.

The veracity of these findings is substantiated by statements from close associates and their employees, who have confessed to these malpractices during the investigation.

Illegal land grabbing by the PEP’s associates has also come to light, with affected farmers admitting in their statements that these transactions occurred under the undue influence of the PEP. The PEP’s associates leveraged his influence to secure permission for the purchase of ‘Punarwas Patta’ as well.

Issues concerning a mismatch in turnover compared to bank credits were also identified at the factory premises owned by the spouse of the PEP, who runs a manufacturing concern specializing in Hume Pipes.

The operation has resulted in the seizure of unaccounted cash and jewelry exceeding Rs. 2.50 crore. Further investigations are underway to delve deeper into the intricacies of these financial irregularities and to bring those involved to justice. The Income Tax Department’s efforts aim to uphold the integrity of the financial system and ensure that tax evasion and corrupt practices are thoroughly investigated and addressed.

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