Raids were conducted by the UT Excise and Taxation Department at the showroom of a car dealer in Industrial Area Phase I for suspected tax evasion. More than 300 Chevrolet and Renault carsin the Padam Motors showroom,where the raid was conducted,have been seized.
The Excise and Taxation Department had conducted raids at the same showroom a fortnight back and ceased several documents. Officials claim that the scrutiny of the documents revealed several irregularities following which todays raid was conducted.
Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner Naresh Dubey,who led the team that conducted the raid,said the dealer did not maintain any records. We suspect that there has been evasion of tax. There were no sales bills available. We did not find any bill books. There was no documentation of any kind on the sale of vehicles. We have seized some papers and the anomalies would further be investigated, he said.
Meanwhile,the department has seized all vehicles that were in the showroom. These include 187 Chevrolets and 164 Renaults. Officials state that it also needs to be investigated whether the dealer took taxes from the customers and never deposited these with the government. The Excise Department is likely to question some of the customers to find out how the vehicles were registered.
UT Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin said,We estimate tax evasion to the tune of Rs 1 crore. A large number of anomalies have been detected. The dealer was selling multiple vehicles on one sale certificate which is in violation of norms. We would be contacting people who have purchased the vehicles from the dealer to ascertain how registration of some of the vehicles took place. The documents would be scrutinised.