CGST Navi Mumbai Commissionerate of Mumbai zone has arrested a businessman, a co-venturer of M/s. Pratibha CSL Sudhir Constructions Joint Venture, for alleged GST evasion of Rs 9 crore.
According to the CGST officials, this entity had taken a contract from Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation in the year 2016, for construction of Metro Train Depot at Nagpur and had collected GST. They had not paid GST of Rs 8.05 crore to the GST authorities, which was collected three years ago in 2018. Additionally, taxpayer had also availed ineligible Input Tax Credit (ITC) of Rs 95 lakhs.
"GST collected by a taxpayer has to be deposited with the exchequer within three months of the collection, otherwise it is an offence under the CGST Act. The suspect was arrested on Thursday and was produced before the Judicial Magistrate, Vashi on Friday. The court has sent the accused for 14 days judicial custody. Aside from payment of tax, interest and penalty, this offence attracts prison term up to five years," said a CGST official.
He added, "This case is a part of Anti-Evasion drive launched by CGST, Mumbai Zone against the fraudsters and tax evaders who creating unhealthy competition for compliant taxpayers and defrauding the Government exchequer. As a part of this drive, Navi Mumbai Commissionerate has detected tax evasion of Rs 415 Crore, recovered Rs. 18.63 crore and arrested 10 persons so far in the recent times."
The CGST Department is using data analysis tools to identify tax evaders. By using data analysis and network analysis, the officers of CGST Mumbai zone have booked more than 625 tax evasion cases, detected tax evasion of Rs. 5500 Crore, recovered Rs. 630 Crore and arrested 47 persons, in the last five months.
A meeting was also held between senior officials of CGST Mumbai zone and Maharashtra State GST Authorities wherein both sides agreed to initiate a coordinated anti-tax evasion action plan against the tax evaders. A road map was also laid for identification of fraudsters and to bring them to book. Both authorities also decided to intensify their anti-tax evasion efforts in the coming days, officials said.