A week after arresting kingpin Saimin Dhiman and his accomplice Jatinder Menrow, who are accused of of masterminding one of the biggest GST refund scams take place in Punjab, the Directorate General of GST Intelligence here is gearing up to arrest more people in connection with this case. Bogus billing totaling Rs 117 crore was done by the accused to get refunds to the tune of approximately Rs 16 crore.
A person, Mandeep, had been on the radar of the department in whose name one of the firms, which is a beneficiary of this tax scam, is registered. In ddition to making arrests in the comingdays the the department has also started the process of launching prosecution of some of the accused, along with sending notices for recovery of the GST.
Dhiman was on the run for more than two months after he came on the department’s radar and finally on July 3 a team of the department raided an office of Dhiman located in Mandi Gobindgarh, where the accused had come to celebrate his birthday, but was arrested.
According to a highly placed source in the department, the he department, the investigationof 11 firms based in Mandi Gobindgarh, Ludhiana, Delhi, Jalandhar and Gagret (Himachal Pradesh), which was being done by deputy deputy director Rachna Singh is complete and ithas been proved that Dhiman, who is in judicial custody till July 18, had registered two firms, Shri Radha Steel and Pingashk Enterprises, in Delhi in his and his employee’s nameand from these firms he showed fake sales worth several hundred crores to six firms based in Mandi Gobindgarh and Ludhiana (Pawan Enterprises, Shree Balaji Impex, Dhiman P KAssociates, Vardhman International, G B Steels Inds and N M industries) .These further showed their sales to two Jalandhar firms (Salsan Steels and J D Steels) and the lastbeneficiary of the fake sales was shown to be a Himachal Pradesh firm Salsun Steels, Gagret, to which the Jalandhar-based firms had shown fake sales of Rs 80.68 crore .Salsun Steel was the one which claimed fraudulent refund worth Rs 16 crore.
The source also said Dhiman executed this tax fraud between July and November, 2017, when eway bill system was not mandatory for transfer of goods from one state to another. In the entirefake transactions only the sale of iron scrap has been shown and regardless of showing sales to the tunes of hundreds of crores there is no entry of receipt of cheque or RTGS in lieu of sales bythe two Delhi firms. The source also added that intelligence wing of the state to another. In the entire fake transactions only the sale of iron scrap has been shown and of showing sales to the tunes of hundreds of crores there is no entry of receipt of cheque or RTGS in lieu of sales by the two Delhi firms. The source also added that intelligence wing of the state taxation department had also initiated a probe against the six firms based in Ludhiana and Mandi Gobindgarh to detect any further tax evidence for their involvement in this nexus .