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New Delhi : The Income-Tax ( I-T) Department carried out a search and seizure operation on November 11, 2021, on a group at Pune  engaged in manufacturing of heavy machinery like excavators, cranes, concrete machinery, which are used in mining, piling, and port, etc. The search operation covered around 25 locations across 7 cities in India.

During the course of the search, several incriminating documents and materials in the form of electronic data were found and seized.  Analysis of this evidence shows that the assessee has been suppressing its profit by adopting various malpractices such as, artificial lowering of sales through credit notes, bogus claim of expenses through unsubstantiated trade payables, non-genuine claim of expenses on unused free-of-charge services, non-verifiable commission expenses to related parties, wrongful deferment of revenue, and incorrect claims of depreciation, etc. In the case of related entities, evidence of cash receipts by dealers/brokers, unaccounted investment in properties, and unaccounted cash loans were found and seized, according to a PIB release.

The search action has resulted in seizure of unaccounted cash and jewellery of Rs. 1 crore. Three bank lockers found during the search have been placed under restraint. The search action has led to the detection of total unaccounted income exceeding Rs 200 crore. Out of the above, the assessee group has, so far, admitted to unaccounted income of Rs 120 crore. Further investigations are in progress.