1 Arrested in Rs 45 Cr fake GST invoice scam in Delhi, Rs 3,500 Cr evasion in 2020-21 so far: FinMin

New Delhi: On Thursday, 10th December, on the basis of intelligence received by the Anti-Evasion branch of CGST Delhi South Commissionerate, officers booked a case against Sunflame Trading Pvt. Ltd., Atlantic International Trading Pvt. Ltd., Blue Star International Pvt. Ltd., Blue Evolution Pvt. Ltd. and, White Mountain Trading Pvt. Ltd., having their principal place of business in Green Park, New Delhi, for incorrectly availing ITC issued on the GSTIN of fake/dummy firms and getting a refund of ITC on the strength of such fake Invoices.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Finance, from preliminary scrutiny of the seized documents, the information available on the E-way Portal/GSTN portal, it was found that Avijeet Saluja (Director) and Lupita Saluja (Director) created five bogus export firms viz. Sunflame Trading Pvt. Ltd., Atlantic International Trading Pvt. Ltd., Blue as named above, and availed refunds of approximately Rs. 45 crore on the strength of fake invoices, providing fabricated information on the e-way bill portal.

During the course of the investigation, it was found that most of the suppliers of the above said 5 firms were either found non-existent at the declared principal place of business or the address given in the GST registration was non-existant.

Avijeet Saluja, Director and one of the main beneficiaries of the activities of the firms, has been arrested on 10th December and was produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Courts, on 11th December, after medical examination and Covid-19 tests. Saluja has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days by the Metropolitan Magistrate. Further investigations are in progress, stated the Finance Ministry.

Firm action has been taken by CGST Delhi Zone in this financial year i.e. 2020-21, and has resulted in detection of GST evasion of Rs. 3,542 crores. 14 accused have been arrested so far.


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