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Several top businessmen may fall into CBI net

By Sanjoy Ray

GUWAHATI, April 17 - Several top businessmen, who had allegedly looted the State exchequer of several crores of rupees in the last one decade or so through tax evasion and fraud related to government subsidy, could soon fall in the net of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

A special team of the CBI aided by tax experts is believed to be working on it, sources told The Assam Tribune.

The CBI, sources said, has seized several incriminating documents from the possession of advocates and chartered accountants Ramesh Goenka and his son Amit, who used to facilitate the loot by large-scale tax evasion. The probe agency is also examining the client list of Ramesh Goenka and his son, which include names of some top businessmen in the region.

The father-son duo had apparently amassed huge amounts of wealth, which too are subject to certification.

The CBI on Friday had arrested Income Tax Commissioner Swetabh Suman, Income Tax officer Pratap Das, Chartered accountant Ramesh Goenka and one Pranjal Sarma (who was in possession of the seized cash). Amit Goenka, who has also been named in the FIR, has not been questioned as yet considering his ill-health.

Sources confide that the seized documents prima facie point towards tax evasion, which may run into several crores of rupees.

�This includes some of the top business firms dealing in cement and other materials. There is a big nexus working actively behind such evasions. There are also indications that some of the business houses have been looting the State exchequer in the name of subsidy,� sources told this reporter.

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