Income Tax Department conducts raids in Chhattisgarh
New Delhi: The Income Tax Department carried out search and seizure operations on 30.06.2022 on a group engaged in coal transportation and other related activities. The premises of a senior government official were also targeted by the search action. In total, the search operation covered more than 30 premises spread over Raipur, Bhilai, Raigarh, Korba, Bilaspur, Surajpur etc.Also Read – Chhattisgarh Boy Rahul Sahu Rescued From Borewell Pit After 104 Hours
During the search operation, numerous incriminated documents, loose sheets and digital evidence were found and seized. The modus-operandi followed by the group includes regular unfair collection on coal transportation across the state of Chhattisgarh resulting in the generation of huge unaccounted revenue. Evidence of such collection of over Rs. 200 crores for a short time has been found. The same has been corroborated by key trusted associates of the group. Instances of certain cash payments made to government officials have also been identified. Also Read – What is the National Herald case in which ED summoned Sonia and Rahul Gandhi | EXPLAIN
Evidence seized also indicates that the group made an unaccounted cash payment of around Rs. 45 crore in the purchase of coal laundries. Furthermore, evidence has also been found which reveals that cash expenses were incurred by the group in the elections held recently. Also Read – Chhattisgarh schools to reopen from June 15, 100% attendance inspection will be carried out | Details inside
During the research, a large number of real estate deals were found, which reveal that huge undisclosed investments have been made in acquiring real estate properties, which appear to be benami in nature. The source of the investment made in the acquisition of 50 acres of real estate properties, by the alleged owners, linked to the government agent, is under further investigation.
Undisclosed cash exceeding Rs. 9.5 crore and jewelry of Rs. 4.5 crore have been seized during the search operation so far. A preliminary investigation of this incriminating evidence collected during the search suggests that the group avoided revenues of a few hundred crores.
Further investigations are in progress.