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MP CM’s nephew under fire for tax evasion

PTI
Published : Apr 23, 2019, 1:39 am IST
Updated : Apr 23, 2019, 1:39 am IST

According to sources, the raids were conducted at Mr Nath’s nephew Ratul Puri’s company, Hindustan Powerprojects Pvt Ltd on April 7.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath
 Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath

New Delhi: The income tax department has detected tax evasion of more than Rs 1,350 crore during search and seizureoperations conducted against Hindustan Powerprojects, a company owned by the nephew of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, sources said.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Monday said raids were conducted earlier this month at offices of the solar power group at several locations in NCR, Bhopal, Indore and Goa by the Delhi unit of the Directorate General of Income-tax(Investigation) based on “credible information” of large scale collection, possession and movement of unaccounted assets.

However, the CBDT statement did not name the group. “The search action was undertaken on the basis of credible information and has led to detection of large scale tax evasion of more than Rs 1,350 crore,” the CBDT said.

According to sources, the raids were conducted at Mr Nath’s nephew Ratul Puri’s company, Hindustan Powerprojects Pvt Ltd on April 7.

Mr Puri was also grilled by the Enforcement Directorate in Delhi earlier in connection with a probe into the controversial Rs 3,600  AgustaWestland helicopters deal.

According to the details provided by the CBDT, the group was operating through a maze of shell companies and indulged in bogus billings, over-invoicing of imports and round-tripping of funds.

During the search operation, taxmen found that a maze of shell companies was being used as conduits for providing entries to the group and ‘accommodation entries’ in the garb of bogus unsecured loans/share application money to the tune of Rs 370 crore was detected.

They also found evidence of inflating expenses through bogus billing of Rs 330 crore in the case of a power plant of the group and the money so siphoned off was collected in US Dollar through hawala operators.

A handwritten diary containing records of 'out of books’ cash receipts worth Rs 240 crore was seized from the office. With regard to over-invoicing of imports and round tripping of Rs 252 crore, the CBDT said “during the search, evidence was found indicating that the group grossly over-invoiced its imports from original manufacturers by re-invoicing it through a shell company of a person who is an accused in a major defence scam.

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Tags: kamal nath, cbdt, ratul puri