An incident report by tax sleuths brings out the dangerous side of tax collection.
On July 4, investigators from the directorate general of central excise intelligence went to raid several locations belonging to Trikoot Iron and Steel Casting Ltd at Muzzafarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.
“The officers faced severe resistance while searching the residence of the directors of the said firm as one of the directors let loose his trained dogs to chase the officers away,” the report said. The tax sleuths had to call in the police for help.
After controlling the situation, the sleuths located a secret chamber in the kitchen of the director’s residence where a computer was installed and three monitors were connected in separate rooms with hidden cables. A search operation carried out on the factory premises also uncovered accounted goods worth Rs 3.65 crore, which were seized.
“Employees of the firm entered the data, of both accounted and unaccounted sales made by the factory on a daily basis. The entire computer system was well secured and password protected at every step,” the report stated.
“Prima facie, it is revealed that the said firm has made sales of bars/girders/channels etc to the tune of more than Rs 350 crore during the last one year, but they have accounted for sales of around Rs 130 crore only,” it stated.