The State GST enforcement wing on Friday unearthed a major tax fraud to the tune of Rs 115 crore and arrested two persons in this connection.
The arrested accused have been identified as Sujit Maitra and Gurudip Dang. While Sujit was arrested from Bhubaneswar, Gurudip was nabbed from Rourkela.
The accused had created 16 fictitious business entities at seven places across the State in order to evade GST, said GST Commissioner Sushil Kumar Lohani.
“The accused generated fake invoices of Rs 641 crore against the fictitious firms and availed input tax credit of Rs 115 crore,” Lohani said while briefing the press.
“Gurudip Dang is the managing partner of M/S Tirupati Traders while Sujit Maitra was an authorised partner of M/S Satguru Metals, Rourkela. We will produce them before a magistrate and pray to the court not to grant them bail,” Lohani said.
The accused persons were dealing with iron and steel goods within and outside Odisha. The bogus firms created by them to evade tax are registered in Angul, Rourkela, Tirtol, Bonai, Erasama, Riamal and Sundergarh.
Lohani said the State GST enforcement wing has so far arrested 20 persons for their involvement in similar offences of issuance of fake invoice and evading tax.
Last month, the GST Enforcement Wing had arrested one person for alleged invoice fraud to the tune of over Rs 100 crore.
The accused identified as Smruti Ranjan Sahu of Bapuji Nagar area in Bhubaneswar had opened several firms with fake documents.