VAT refund scam: Main accused Garg arrested
Ludhiana(DP Correspondent) – The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested the main accused Raman Garg of Ludhiana in the alleged Rs 1.14 crore VAT refund scam pertaining to fake export of garments to Bangladesh. This is the first arrest in the case. ED official informed that Garg was on remand till October 27. On October 11, ED officials had raided the residence of Raman Garg at Aggar Nagar, Block-A of Ludhiana on Ferozepur road. The case dates back to 2012-13 when the ED claimed to have unearthed VAT refund scam worth Rs 1.14 crore and the accused allegedly duped the government using forged documents. Ludhiana police had booked Garg, Mehan and their accomplices under the sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery for valuable security), 468 (forging for purpose of cheating), 469 (forging for purpose of harming reputation) and 471 (Using as genuine a forged document) of IPC at division number 5 police station on November 14, 2013.It was found that Raman Garg, from M/S Jaldhara Exports of New Moti Nagar in Ludhiana along with Rajeev Mehan from M/S Shreyas International submitted forged documents and got Rs 1.14 crore as VAT refund. They claimed exporting readymade garments worth Rs 33.36 crore to Bangladesh in 2012 through West Bengal port. Later, it was found that no such export was done to Bangladesh and the accused duped the government of Rs 1.14 crore.
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