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New Delhi : Income -Tax (I-T) Department carried out search and seizure operation on February 18, 2021, on 22 premises of a Betul based Soya products manufacturing group at Betul and Satna in Madhya Pradesh  (MP), Mumbai and Solapur in Maharashtra, and Kolkata.

During the course of the search operation, unexplained cash of over Rs 8 crore and unexplained foreign currency of various countries amounting to more than Rs 44 lakh were seized. Nine bank lockers were also found during the search. The group has introduced unaccounted income to the tune of Rs 259 crore by way of introduction of Share capital at huge premium from Kolkata based shell companies, according to a PIB release.

The group has also introduced undisclosed income of Rs 90 crore in its books of accounts by way of sale of paper investments in shell companies to another set of shell companies of Kolkata. None of the companies was found to be operational at their shown address and the group could not confirm the identity of such paper companies or any of its Directors. Many of these paper companies were found to be struck off by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

During the search, it was seen that bogus loss to the tune of Rs 52 crore has been claimed by the group to suppress their profits  by indulging in intra-group out-of-exchange contract settlement. Various companies were formed in the name of employees to carry out these transactions, while there was no actual business carried out between them. Directors of these companies were not aware about any such transactions.

The group has also claimed incorrect Long Term Capital Gains exemption of over Rs 27 crore on sale of shares of a group entity. Investigations revealed that the purchase of these shares was not genuine as group directors purchased shares of this entity at nominal value from non-existent Kolkata based shell companies. Various types of evidence including chats among key persons of the group reflects unexplained cash payment and hawala transactions of over Rs 15 crore. ​

Incriminating evidence in the form of digital media such as Laptops, hard drives, pen drives etc have been found and seized. From the investigation so far, undisclosed income of over Rs 450 crore has been detected. Further investigations are in progress.