LBT : AK Surgical premises raided


Nagpur: Local Body Tax department of NMC conducted search and seizure action under section 152J of MMC Act at M/s AK Surgical, near Manjusha Convent, Sneh Nagar. The address of the dealer is registered as Shankar Nagar, Nagpur in the LBT folio. The dealer shifted his establishment to Sneh Nagar but did not inform or register the same with LBT. Shashikant Bhalani is one of the partners of the firm, said assistant municipal commissioner (LBT) Milind Meshram.

The dealer is into the business of surgical goods and was found registered under LBT. As per the data submitted by the dealer, the purchases made are worth Rs 1.34 crore and Rs 1.36 crore during 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal, respectively. The dealer has not paid any LBT till date and has also not filed annual returns for financial year 2013-14. The department sealed the establishment for verification on May 26.

Subsequently, the establishment was opened on written application filed by the dealer and during further search it was noticed that another firm — M/s Bhalani Bio-Medicals Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai — is also operating from the same premises. The concerned firm is registered under Mumbai VAT, but the goods being purchased by this firm are being imported and sold in Nagpur city limits. The department seized the sales made within Nagpur by M/s Bhalani Bio-Medicals amounting to Rs 2.40 crore and Rs 1.28 crore in 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively. Department will now verify the complete data seized during search action for fixing the actual LBT liability on the dealer.