IT department detects Rs 500-crore unaccounted transactions after raids on Gujarat real estate group

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The Income Tax Department has detected unaccounted transactions of over Rs 500 crore after it raided an Ahmedabad-based real estate developer and linked brokers as part of a tax evasion probe, the CBDT claimed on Saturday.

“Documents reveal unaccounted income of more than Rs 200 crore in the hands of the real estate group and also unaccounted income of more than Rs 200 crore in the hands of the parties recorded in the documents found from the possession of the brokers. Over all, the search & seizure operation has resulted in the detection of unaccounted transactions of more than Rs 500 crore,” it said in a statement.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) frames policy for the tax department. The raids that were launched at 22 premises of the group and the brokers on September 28 are underway, the statement said. The Board said about Rs 1 crore cash and jewellery worth Rs 98 lakh was seized during the operation. Twenty-four lockers have been put under restraint, it said.

Incriminating documents, loose papers, digital evidences have been seized from the premises of the real estate developer and these “evidences” contain detailed records of the group’s unaccounted transactions spread across multiple financial years, the statement said.

“Documents showing unaccounted investment in land of more than Rs 200 crore and unaccounted cash receipts from sale of land amounting to more than Rs 100 crore have been seized so far. A large number of original documents of properties purchased over the years, which are apparently held in the name of benami individuals have also been found,” it claimed.

“In the case of the broker, documents showing details of payments in cash and in cheques relating to transactions of purchase and sale of land carried out through the broker have been found. Documents showing cash transactions of over Rs 230 crore in these land deals have been seized so far,” the CBDT said.

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