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THE DIRECTORATE of Enforcement (ED) informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court Thursday that Haryana’s Excise and Taxation department has forwarded it a total of 24 FIRs registered in two districts, including Sirsa, pertaining to alleged multi-crore money laundering and tax evasion cases.
The information was submitted before court headed by Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain during resumed hearing of a petition filed by Kaithal resident Raghbir Singh and Ajmer resident Shiv Sawhney.
The ED informed the court that these 24 FIRs are related to tax evasion of over Rs. 10,000 crore having inter-state ramifications and the cases are being investigated. The court has now posted the case for next hearing to September 20.
Appearing for the petitioners, advocate Pardeep Rapria has sought a CBI probe into the alleged multi-crore money laundering and tax evasion cases in Haryana. The court was informed that on petitioner Raghbir Singh’s complaints earlier, the Haryana Lokayukta had registered a case in 2011 and after two officers of Haryana Excise and Taxation Department failed to investigate the matter, the Lokayukta handed over the probe to a special investigation team headed by Inspector General of Police Srikant Jadhav.
The court was informed that Jadhav, on the basis of investigation just in 10 districts of Haryana, was able to bring to surface a staggering figure of revenue loss to the tune of about Rs 10,618 crore. The SIT report submitted on January 14, 2015, recommended that the matter be investigated by CBI.