Nagpur: Directorate General of GST Intelligence has detected tax evasion of around Rs 9,359 crore in the last six financial years. It also includes income, goods and services (GST), and other taxes.
A query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act revealed that the Delhi-headquartered law enforcement agency under the Union Ministry of Finance has also issued about 158 show-cause notices to various tax defaulters from the financial year 2015 to 2021.
Surprisingly, the organization fighting tax evasion in India has completely failed to even maintain a record of the outcome of cases where notices have been issued. Earlier it was known as Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI), But after the introduction of Service and Goods Tax, its name has been changed to Directorate General of Goods and Service Intelligence.
Information About Notices Issued
In this regard, senior Right to Information activist Abhay Kolarkar had also sought a reply. But the total show-cause notices were fixed by the officers of Directorate General of GST Intelligence, Thereafter, they have completely failed to inform about the amount recovered, and the pending notice, and the amount involved therein. Directorate General of GST Intelligence Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) Aditya Bhardwaj also filed a reply.
Abhay has said that he had also asked for ten years of data from the Directorate General of GST Intelligence. But he provided information only for six years, due to which doubts arose whether he also had complete information about the notices issued to thieves in the last decade.
Directorate General of GST Intelligence officials said on the condition of anonymity that not only his office but also the commissioners of audit and executive have absolutely no idea about the outcome of show-cause notices issued to tax evaders.
He has said that after the issue of the notice, no one bothers to take any action. Tax evasion cases worth crores of rupees have been detected but due to lack of monitoring and follow-up action, no recovery has been made, Due to which there has been a huge loss to the exchequer. In some cases, old files of theft worth crores are also missing from the records of the Directorate.