Local Body Tax department conducted Search & Seizure Operation at the establishment named M/s Arihant Hosiery, Dharaskar Road, Itwari, Nagpur; owned by Shri Surendra Kumar Jain. The dealer is in the business of readymade garments and hosiery. As informed by the dealer, the value of goods imported by the dealer during the financial year 2013-14 is approximately Rs. 70.00 lacs. The dealer has made LBT payments worth Rs. 1.23 lacs which is under verification by the department. The dealer owns one more shop in the name of M/s Aman Naman Handlooms in Bhajimandi area, Itwari, Nagpur. M/s Aman Naman Handlooms is neither registered in gumasta and VAT nor in LBT. In addition, the dealer also owns a godown in the same area which is not declared to LBT department. Department has seized the purchase invoices from the establishment of the dealer and the Depptt. is investigating the matter.
As per LBT Rule 9(1), a dealer liable for registration could not carry the business within the city without obtaining LBT Registration. LBT department has observed that many dealers are purchasing and importing various goods without being registered under LBT. Similarly, many dealers are found importing goods in the name of other dealers and also some fake dealers; who does not exist at all. Department with the help of intelligence and informations forwarded by dealers suffering from such practices, has located and short listed many such dealers and shall initiate Search and Seizure action as per section 152J of Maharashtra Municipal Corporations Act, 1949; against all such dealers in future through various batches of LBT staff being formed.
The action was initiated as per the directions of Hon’ble Municipal Commissioner, Shri Shyam Wardhane and Hon’ble Addl. Dy. Mpl. Commissioner, Shri Pramod Bhusari under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner (LBT), Shri Milind Meshram by LBT Officer, Shri Yadav Jambhulkar; Asstt. LBT Officers, Shri Sanjay Mendule, Shri Sumer Gajbhiye, Shri Suresh Dhupe, Shri Vilas Chahande, Shri Ramesh Paddhan and Shri Ramesh Giri; Junior Inspectors Shri Binekar and Shri Rahate. The Police constables Shri Rupesh Makote, Shri Bhaskar Hanumate and Shri Nitin Tiwari were also part of the search operation