Three senior officials of a liquor manufacturing company, including its owner, were arrested by the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) in Bhopal on Wednesday night. They were arrested for supplying Rs 20 crore worth hand sanitizer without paying GST.
The company produces liquor under a popular brand. “Three senior executive/owners of the company were arrested for supplying more than Rs 20 crore hand sanitizer without bills and payment of goods and sales tax (GST),” a DGGI official said after the arrest.
The DGGI didn’t disclose the names of persons arrested. However, it said, “They have been taken to JP Hospital for a medical examination. They were arrested under Section 69 of the CGST Act.”
Earlier, the Madhya Pradesh unit of the DGGI claimed to have unearthed tax evasion of more than Rs 500 crore on part of a gutkha and cigarette manufacturer in Indore in June. The owner of the company was arrested too.
The DGGI is the apex intelligence and investigative agency for matters relating to the violation of the goods and service tax, Central Excise duty and service tax, as per the agency’s information.