Racket of fake firms busted

Rs 15 cr goods traded without filing GST

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 9: State Taxes Department (STD) here today busted a racket of fake firms that traded goods worth Rs 15 crore without filing any GST return.
The racket was being operated from New Delhi and was also active in J&K.
Additional Commissioner, STD, Mohammad Shahid Saleem told reporters that on the basis of specific inputs the enforcement team of STD Jammu detained a vehicle bearing number RJ09GB-2622 carrying goods worth Rs. 40 lakh to the State.
“On physical inspection of the vehicle, the documents produced by the transporters were put to online scrutiny. It was found that the racket is operational since April, 2018 and is deeply involved in issuance of fake GST invoices along with fake e-way bills,” Saleem said.
He further informed that the principal racket master operates under the name & style of Mahima Enterprises, A.R Electricals and Mahima Garments Export under the proprietorship of Rajeev Bhatia from Delhi and in connivance with fake GST number holders viz., Mahima Trade Mart, P.K Pal Traders, Santosh Traders, Kathua, Ravish Traders, Kathua and Khan Enterprises, have been trading goods illegally for quite some time into J&K from Delhi.
“Interestingly while Mahima Enterprises, A.R Electricals and Mahima Garments Export are under the proprietorship of Rajeev Bhatia, Mahima Trader Mart, Jammu is under the proprietorship of Ankita Bhatia,” Additional Commissioner STD said.
He informed that the fake racket firms in league with Blue Dot Couriers have till date successfully evaded the GST using their ulterior practices.
Saleem also said that STD shared the information with Principal Director General, Central Excise (Intelligence), New Delhi requesting a deep enquiry on all the transactions/actions of the fake GST firms operating from New Delhi so as to ensure no further loss of GST revenue on this count.
“On scrutiny all the firms were found fake and they have not filed GST returns from October onwards while nil returns have been filed till October 2018 despite having traded goods worth approximately Rs 15 crore,” he maintained.
Saleem also informed that address locations of all fake GST firms in Jammu and Kathua were checked and they were found non-existing at the given addresses and some other businessmen/ enterprises were found active at those addresses.
The Additional Commissioner said that State Tax Team also seized records of Blue Dot Courier at Narwal, Jammu to check its credentials and trade records.