In Ambala City, the Excise and Taxation Department has detected a Goods and Services Tax (GST) fraud of ₹ 12.99 lakh. As per the information, Sukhwinder Singh had registered his firm (Diksha Enterprises) by providing Nahan House, Ambala City, as his address. As a result, he had obtained a GST number under the Haryana Goods and Services Tax Act 2017.
However, during the investigation of online records, the tax department came to know that his actual address was SAS Nagar, Punjab. After additional verification, it was revealed that no such firm (Diksha Enterprises) was in operation at the given address in Ambala City. Furthermore, even the mobile phone number furnished in the registration form was incorrect.
When inspecting the given address, the officials found a shop named Shiv Electronics in operation there. The owner of the shop informed the team that he has not given his shop on rent to any firm. According to the details obtained from the GST portal, Sukhwinder had issued invoices and e-way bills worth ₹ 44,43,874 from April to June 2019 to two firms (PV Steel and Shankar Enterprises) of Punjab.
The buyers have also taken the benefit of the input tax credit. The firm has earned a profit of over ₹ 2.51 lakh during this period while also causing a loss of ₹ 12.99 lakh to the state treasury. In her complaint to the police, Poonam, Excise and Taxation Officer, state tax ward No. 8, has stated that Sukhwinder had provided forged documents to register his firm while there was no such firm in service on the given address. The ETO has requested legal action and recovery of loss from the suspect.
A case has been registered under Section 420, 467, 468, 471, and 120b of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Ambala City police station. Earlier this week, another GST fraud case of ₹ 1.54 crore was registered at Ambala City police station. In that case, too, a Punjab resident had obtained a GST number on a fake address.