IT Department Raids Share Brokers, Traders Across India
New Delhi: The Income Tax Department has said that on December 3, the department carried out search and survey operations on certain share-brokers and traders for being involved in facilitating accommodation of profit and loss through reversal trades in illiquid stock options.
Raids took place in over 39 locations spread across Mumbai, Kolkata, Kanpur, Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, Hyderabad and Ghaziabad, an official statement said on Saturday.
“On December 3, 2019, the Income Tax Department carried out search and survey operations on certain share-brokers/traders who were involved in facilitating accommodation of profits/loss through reversal trades in illiquid stock options in equity derivative segment and also currency derivative segment on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE),” it said.
The statement further said that the search action has unravelled the entire modus-operandi which has been adopted by the share-brokers and traders to trade into the illiquid stock options in equity derivative segment and thereby generate artificial losses or profit by executing reversal trades in a very short span of time.
“By this contrived methodology, the unscrupulous entities have secured desired profits/losses, which is estimated to be more than Rs 3,500 crore. The search/survey action has also resulted into identification of the wrongful long-term capital gains taken in at least 3 penny stocks listed on the BSE, where the manipulated profits utilized by the beneficiaries aggregate to around Rs 2,000 crore.”
The IT department was able to seize cash of Rs 1.20 crore during the operation. The number of beneficiaries who have been benefitted by these manipulated transactions could be to the tune of a few thousand scattered across India and efforts are being made to identify them as also the corresponding quantum of income evaded, the statement said.
Incriminating evidence recovered during the course of actions is also being examined for determination of contravention of the various direct tax laws, it said.