The Income Tax Department carried out a search & seizure action on August 25 on two groups engaged in the business of sand mining, sugar manufacturing, road construction, healthcare, running of medical college etc. The search action covered more than 20 premises spread over Solapur, Osmanabad, Nashik & Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra.
During the course of the search operation, a large number of incriminating pieces of evidence, in the form of hard copy documents and digital data have been found and seized. These reveal various modus-operandi of tax evasion adopted by the group including the booking of bogus expenses, undisclosed cash sales, unexplained loans/ credit entries, etc.
In the case of the group engaged in sand mining and sugar manufacturing, documentary evidence of unaccounted cash sales of sugar exceeding Rs 15 crores have been found and seized. The search action has revealed that the group has introduced its unaccounted income in the form of bogus unsecured loans in its books of accounts. Several lenders to the group, as well as promoters of the group, have admitted that unaccounted cash generated by the group exceeding Rs. 10 crores was routed in its books of account in this manner.
Evidences of capital gains of about Rs. 43 crore on sale of assets by a non-filer corporate entity have also been seized.
In the other group engaged in the business of healthcare and running of medical college, as also road construction, evidences of undisclosed cash receipts representing capitation fees and refund of salary and stipend paid to the doctors/PG students have been found. Moreover, evidence regarding booking of bogus expenses and contractual payments, etc. has been found and seized. Preliminary estimates of such undisclosed income of the group is to the tune of Rs 35 crore.
So far, the search action has led to the detection of unaccounted income of more than Rs 100 crore. Further, undisclosed assets of more than Rs 5 crore have also been seized.