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Maharashtra: A Pune-based dealer was arrested for Rs 13 crore in GST evasion.

Officials from the Maharashtra Goods and Service Tax (GST) department detained a Pune-based merchant for allegedly using false invoices worth Rs 36.34 crore and dodging tax of Rs 13.08 crore.

Doulat Shivlal Choudhary, 26, reportedly used forged invoices to obtain tax credits worth Rs 6.54 crore and false input tax credits worth Rs 6.54 crore. He was detained on Wednesday and placed in judicial detention until July 27, according to a news statement from the department.

The state GST department discovered questionable business activity by Shiv Steel Traders totaling more than Rs 72.68 crore while analyzing a group of recently registered taxpayers utilizing advanced analytical tools and information accessible on the GST site.

On April 26, a state GST investigation team from Pune paid a visit to Choudhary’s firm premises in Bhosari, Pune. The team, led by Reshma Ghanekar, joint commissioner of state revenue, Pune, discovered that Choudhary had allegedly generated bogus invoices for Rs 36.34 crore and dodged tax worth Rs 13.08 crore, according to the department. Officials noted that Choudhary was later detained, and on July 13, the chief judicial magistrate in Pune placed him in judicial detention till July 27.

Furthermore, the taxpayer passed on a bogus input tax credit of Rs 16.42 crore using false invoices of Rs 91.25 crore without actually supplying any goods or services. Pradhan was remanded in judicial detention for 14 days by an extra chief metropolitan magistrate court.

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