The state GST department has unearthed a scam with a new modus operandi where 1,500 Aadhaar cards were illegally used in the past eight months to generate bogus GST registration numbers.
The department carried out spot verification of suspected firms, including those in Surat, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Anand and Rajkot, on February 7, to keep a check on bogus billing. It was found that duplicate documents such as Aadhaar and PAN cards were created using an android mobile application during operations conducted over 75 firms in Surat.
An Aadhaar card holder in Palitana had no knowledge about the GST registration and PAN number obtained in their name by amending the mobile number linked to Aadhaar, in Surat.
In Palitana many residents said that in the name of Government assistance, there were many residents taken to Aadhaar centres and had their thumb impression.
The GST department conducted a search operation in Palitana and from Aadhaar centres they seized Mobiles laptops and other digital devices. After they were checking these devices, they found that from the past 8 months, more than 1500 Aadhar cards have had their mobile number amended, through this illegal process the department started adding that 470 GST registration obtained were found. From Gujrat there were 118 registration and remaining were from other states.
“Thus, a new kind of modus operandi has come to the attention of the department to obtain bogus GST numbers,” it added.
It was found that more than 2700 GST registration were obtained across India after verifying 470 registration which was obtained from a modified mobile number in the Aadhar card. in this many of the registration has a probability to be fake. Further verification is in progress. In addition to this, the department has filed an FIR in this regard at Palitana.
Source: Indian Express
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