The income tax (I-T) authorities conducted searches at the Bandra-based Lilavati Hospital on Monday in connection with alleged money laundering by some of its trustees.
Searches were conducted at 20 premises across the city. The department also surveyed nine other premises, including the two companies — Mayfair Realtors and Vestra Infrastructure — that had given a loan of R14 crore to the Lilavati trust in 2002.
BP Gaur, director general (investigation), Income Tax, Mumbai, confirmed the action. Mohan Rajan, spokesperson for Lilavati refused to comment on the matter.
The searches were conducted in the finance, purchase, biomedical and pharmaceutical departments. Searches were also conducted in the residential premises of the trustees of the hospital.
“We have been on the case for the last six months, and studied some transactions before conducting searches,” a senior I-T official said requesting anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The official said during searches some bulk medicine purchase bills from around 400 medicine dealers were found. “We found that the cost of the medicines were inflated in these bills to increase expenditure in account books,” he added.
After a Delhi resident Harsh Raghuvanshi filed a petition against hospital trustees — Prabodh Mehta, Rashmi Mehta, Chetan Mehta and Bhavin Mehta — for siphoning funds, the SC issued notices to the Centre and the RBI last week seeking a probe. It was alleged that these trustees had parked the money in a bank account in Lichentstein.
Following the searches, Mumbai I-T authorities wrote to the CBDT to seek help from Dubai, Switzerland, Mauritius and Belgium to get bank account details of the accused.