Found Rs 2,200-cr fictitious transactions: CBDT after raids on media group

The CBDT on Saturday claimed to have detected “fictitious transactions” of Rs two,200 crore after the Revenue Tax Section carried out multi-city raids against the Dainik Bhaskar media group early this week.

It reported the searches that were being introduced on July 22 in nine cities like Bhopal, Indore, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Noida and some many others are “continuing and even further investigations are in development.”

“The voluminous substance identified in the course of the search operations is staying examined,” the CBDT assertion issued below reported.

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When the assertion did not identify the group, formal sources discovered it to be the Bhopal headquartered Dainik Bhaskar group which is involved in several small business sectors like media, electricity, textiles and serious estate with a group turnover of more than Rs 6,000 crore for every annum.

“Cyclical investing and transfer of resources between group corporations engaged in unrelated organizations to the tune of Rs two,200 crore has been identified.

“The enquiries have confirmed that these have been fictitious transactions without the need of any genuine motion or shipping and delivery of merchandise. The tax outcome and violation of other rules are staying examined,” the assertion alleged.

The media group, on the working day of the raids, experienced posted a message on its internet site declaring the govt was fearful of its true journalism.

From bodies in river Ganga to Corona deaths, the group that brought the serious quantities in entrance of the nation is staying raided by the govt, it alleged in a message in Hindi.

“I am unbiased simply because I am Bhaskar, Only the readers’ will issues in Bhaskar,” it experienced reported.

The CBDT assertion alleged that the group has more than one hundred corporations together with the holding and subsidiary corporations and that they have been functioning various corporations in the names of their staff members that have been made use of for reserving “bogus” expenditures and routing of resources.

“During the search, various of the staff members, whose names were being made use of as shareholders and directors, have admitted that they were being not mindful of such corporations and experienced supplied their Aadhaar card and digital signature to the employer in fantastic faith.

“Some were being identified to be relatives, who experienced willingly and knowingly signed the papers but experienced no awareness or command of the small business things to do of the corporations, in which they were being meant to be directors and shareholders,” the CBDT claimed.

This kind of corporations, it alleged, have been made use of for a number of uses like “reserving bogus expenditures” and “siphoning off” the profits from shown corporations, routing of resources so siphoned into their carefully held corporations to make investments, building of circular transactions and many others.

“The character of such bogus expenses booked vary from source of manpower, transportation, logistics and civil functions and fictitious trade payables.

“The quantum of profits escapement applying this modus operandi, detected so significantly, quantities to Rs 700 crore spread above a period of 6 yrs,” it claimed.

Even so, the quantum may perhaps be more as the group has made use of a number of layers and investigations are staying carried out to unravel the full revenue trail, it additional.

The assertion reported the tax section is probing the violation of specified sections of the Businesses Act and Clause 49 of the Listing Arrangement approved by SEBI for shown corporations in this circumstance.

“Application of Benami Transaction Prohibition Act will also be examined,” it reported.

The CBDT reported the serious estate entity of the group is functioning a shopping mall and experienced been sanctioned a expression loan of Rs 597 crore from a nationalised lender.

“Out of this, an sum of Rs 408 crore has been diverted to a sister worry as a loan at a lower desire level of one p.c.”

“When the serious estate corporation has been declaring expenditures of desire from its taxable profit, it has been diverted for personalized investments of the holding corporation,” it alleged.

The shown media corporation “does barter discounts” for ad revenues, whereby immovable homes are received in spot of genuine payments, it reported.

“Evidences have been identified indicating money receipts in respect of the subsequent sale of such homes. This is beneath even further assessment,” the assertion reported.

The CBDT reported “evidences” identified in the course of the raids point out receipt of on-revenue in money, on sale of flats by the realty arm of the group.

“The exact has been confirmed by two staff members and a director of the corporation.”

“The modus operandi as very well as the corroborating files have been identified. The exact sum of out-of-publications money receipts are staying quantified,” it reported.

The tax officials identified a complete of 26 lockers in the residential premises of the promoters and important staff members of the group, which are staying operated, it reported.

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