The income tax department launched search and seizure operations at 30 premises including offices, factories and mines of a leading group dealing in marble, mines and cement.
A department official on the condition of anonymity said that the operation was launched simultaneously at all 30 premises which include three in Delhi, two in Gujarat, one in Indore and rest in Rajasthan. The operations, in which 30 department teams were involved, started early on Wednesday morning and are expected to continue till Thursday late evening.
In Rajasthan, premises of the group in Kishangarh, Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Banswara, Chittorgarh and Rajsamand have been covered, said the officials and so far, Rs 10 crore cash has been seized.
Director general of investigation, I-T, said that details could not be shared yet as the investigation was still under progress.
However, sources claimed that at Kishangarh, the I-T department raided more than a dozen factories and mines of the group, suspecting tax evasion. According to information, I-T teams from Delhi and Jaipur simultaneously reached the company’s office on Makrana road at 9 am.
Raids were also conducted at the houses and factories owned by the group. The vehicles used by the department to conduct raids have the sticker “Ramdevra Yatra Dal” pasted on it to keep the operation secret. The office of the charted accountant dealing with the group’s business was also raided.
In Udaipur, over 30 income tax officials from Jaipur and Jodhpur raided four establishments of the business group. The raid began at 5.30 am and continued late into the evening at the Bohra Ganeshji , Fatahpura and Bhuwana areas of the city.
Raids were conducted at the houses of two directors and managers of a sister concern of the business group. Sources said the department recovered papers pointing to tax evasion running into crores of rupees. Tax evasion papers and benami property papers worth several crore rupees were been seized.