Srinagar : Income Tax [IT] Department on Thursday conducted raids against a Kashmir-based group engaged in various businesses and seized Rs 1.82 crore in cash and jewellery worth Rs 74 lakh .
In a statement CBDT said that fourteen premises raided are in Srinagar while one is in Delhi and Rs 1.82 crore unaccounted cash and jewellery and bullion worth Rs 74 lakh has been seized.
Adding that total undisclosed investments and cash transactions of Rs 105 crore of the group have been unearthed during the search.
“However, the corresponding income tax returns have not been filed. The land was acquired under the Jammu and Kashmir State Lands (Vesting of Ownership to the Occupants) Act, 2001 (popularly known as ‘Roshni Act’) from the state government at a throwaway price.
The statement said, “The search has uncovered evidences of unexplained investment of more than Rs 25 crore in this mall.”
The tax authorities found that the group is also constructing six residential towers in Srinagar, out of which two towers with around 50 flats each have already been completed and the remaining are under construction, for which no income tax returns have been filed.
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“Prima facie, there is an unexplained investment of Rs 20 crore in this project,” it said.
The group also runs a school under a trust which is not registered under the Income Tax Act, it said.
“One of the trustees has admitted to having withdrawn substantial cash from the said trust which has been diverted towards other business purposes and personal expenses of the group. Prima-facie, there is unexplained investment of around Rs 10 crore in this school building,” the CBDT said.
The raids led to recovery of “incriminating evidences regarding receipt and payment of cash amounting to more than Rs 50 crore from various premises,” it said.
Three lockers have been found, which have been put under restraint and all the properties are being referred for valuation, it said.
“This engineering consultant firm had valued the properties of various assessees in the Kashmir valley in such a way that they could mortgage those properties to avail maximum loans from J-K Bank,” it said.