Crackdown on defaulters unveils over Rs 2,600 cr tax evasion
The Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) and Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) – two lead financial intelligence agencies under the Revenue department – have detected service tax and central excise and customs duties evasion of Rs 2,670.51 crore and recovered over Rs 880 crore from various defaulters during the period.
In addition to crackdown on tax evaders, the DRI has seized contraband worth Rs 504.39 crore which was attempted to be smuggled into or out of the country.
The agency detected 143 cases of customs duty evasion to the tune of Rs 701.17 crore during Oct-Dec 2012, Director General of DRI, Najib Shah said.
As many as 62 persons were arrested under the Customs Act, 1962 by DRI alone in this quarter on charges of evasion of customs duties, he said.
"Customs duties to the tune of Rs 369.34 crore were recovered by the DRI in the third quarter of the current financial year which is more than the total recoveries of Rs 362.04 crore made in the last financial year," Shah said in a press release giving details of DRI's performance.
Investigations are also underway in cases of misuse of exemption notifications and undervaluation of imports involving evasion of customs duty of more than Rs 1,000 crore by the DRI, he said.
Another stringent action taken was preventive detention of
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