Trader held for Rs 5.6 crore GST evasion

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In a first-ever interstate arrest for GST evasion and fraud, the Panipat unit of the department of excise and taxation has arrested a trader from Meerut for allegedly filing bogus claims.

He is among the eight persons who have been booked and arrested in the case, as the remaining seven have been arrested from Panipat and other districts of Haryana.

Vikram Garg is alleged to have evaded and frauds worth Rs 5.57 crore on the account of bogus transactions and credits. He was among those arrested by the department for a fraud worth Rs 89 crore this month.

Two cases under Section 132 of the Haryana Goods Services Tax (HGST) Act has been registered against all accused in Panipat. “We had been getting police cases registered and then police would affect arrests after investigation under the guidance of officers. Since our officers are also empowered to affect arrest in cases of more than Rs 5 crore of fraud or invasion, they have power to arrest and charge sheet. This is the first time our team has travelled inter state to arrest the accused,” said deputy CM Dushyant Chautala, while referring to arrest.

Vikram was among those eight persons who had been arrested by Panipat unit, which has detected overall evasion of over Rs 89 crore.

The second case has been registered against seven persons who have created 18 firms to claim tax benefit without supply and by adopting fraudulent means.

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