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New Delhi : The Income Tax ( I-T) Department carried out search and seizure operations on two real estate business groups of Mumbai and certain individuals/ entities associated with them. The search operations commenced on October 7, 2021, and have been carried out on around 70 premises spread across Mumbai, Pune, Baramati, Goa, and Jaipur.

The evidence gathered during the search has revealed several prima-facie unaccounted and benami transactions. Incriminating documents evidencing unaccounted income of about Rs 184 crore of the two groups have been found, according to a PIB release.

The search action has led to identification of transactions by these business groups with a web of companies which, prima facie, appear to be suspicious. A preliminary analysis of the flow of funds indicates that there has been an introduction of unaccounted funds in the group by way of various dubious methods like introduction of bogus share premium, suspicious unsecured loans, receipt of unsubstantiated advance for certain services, collusive arbitration deals out of non-existent disputes, etc. It has been observed that such suspicious flow of funds has taken place with the alleged involvement of an influential family of Maharashtra.

The funds so introduced in a dubious manner, have been utilised for acquisition of various assets such as office building at a prime locality in Mumbai, flat in posh locality in Delhi, resort in Goa, agricultural lands in Maharashtra, and investments in sugar mills. The book value of these assets aggregates to about Rs 170 crore. Unaccounted cash of RsĀ  2.13 crore and jewellery worth Rs 4.32 crore have been seized. Further investigations are in progress.