Pakistani national arrested in India with ‘pan masala’ worth Rs 2.25 crore

Sneha Shah | Jun 5, 2020 17:02

A 33-year-old Pakistani man, with a long-term visa, was arrested by the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) in Indore on June 3 for illegally selling pan masala worth crores in several districts of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and neighbouring state despite the lockdown. Additionally, unaccounted stock of pan masala/tobacco having a total estimated value of about Rs 2.25 crore was seized during the search operation in five godowns belonging to the man.

The accused, who is a native of Jacobabad city under Sindh province of Pakistan, was produced before an Economic Offences Wing (EOW) Court in Indore. The court has remanded him to 14 days judicial custody up to June 17.

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During the search operation, around Rs 66.47 lakh unaccounted cash was also seized. The accused, in his statement given to officers, confessed that the seized cash was the sum which he had acquired by selling pan masala/ tobacco without issuing invoice and without payment of GST.

Based on preliminary DGGI investigations, it has been estimated that the accused person and his associates have evaded GST of around Rs 18.80 crore on the goods, valued about Rs 40 crore, sold illicitly for cash during the period from April 2019 to May 2020. Considering the huge scale of tax evasion, in order to protect revenue, procedure of provisional attachment of immovable properties and bank accounts of the accused was initiated.