Income Tax Dept. ferrets out Rs 450 crore in black money in raid on leading textile manufacturer


The income tax department has conducted new raids (Photo: IANS)

The Income Tax Department has tracked down black money to the tune of Rs 450 crore during a raid on Saturday on the premises of a leading business house in the country that manufactures textiles and filament yarn with corporate offices in Delhi, Punjab and Kolkata.

The group has maintained unaccounted funds of about Rs. 350 crore in its foreign bank accounts and has also routed these funds back into its business through shell companies in tax havens, according to information provided by the Income Tax Department on Tuesday.   

Details of accounts related to unexplained personal expenditure in cash were found to be maintained in one of the main offices of the company. Evidence has been gathered that cash of about Rs. 100 crore was generated by debiting bogus expenditure in company accounts and cash transactions in land deals, the I-T Dept. said.

The name of the industrial house has not been mentioned as Income Tax Department rules do not permit the disclosure of the identity of the company or individual being raided.  

The modus operandi detected was related to investment by foreign entities, under control of the group, in Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds, issued by its main concern, and subsequently under the garb of defaulting on payments, converting it into shares of the company.

 It was also seen that foreign companies and trusts were being paid management fees for managing the unaccounted funds.

Though there is a specific requirement of disclosing foreign assets owned or managed in the form of companies and bank accounts in Schedule FA in Income Tax Returns, this has not been disclosed by the group to the Department.

During the course of the search operation, many incriminating documents, loose sheets, diaries, digital evidences etc have been recovered which indicate involvement of the group in routing of unaccounted funds back in its Indian entities, possession of foreign bank accounts unreported to the Department.

Substantial evidence of transactions outside the books of accounts, cash transactions in land deals, bogus expenses debited in books of accounts, unaccounted cash expenditure, accommodation entries taken from entry operators have also been gathered.

The search operation is still continuing and further investigations are in progress.

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