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Police arrests GST officials for Rs 46 crore refund fraud

Hyderabad : GST officials of different circles in the state are arrested in seven cases of GST refund fraud involving about Rs 46 crore.

The arrests were made in connection with the seven cases registered by CCS against seven bogus electric bike manufacturing companies.

The arrested include Peetala Swarna Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, GST, Nalgonda Division, Kelam Venu Gopal, Assistant Commissioner (State Taxes), Abids Circle, Podila Viswa Kiran, Assistant Commissioner (State Taxes), Madhapur-1 Circle, Vemavarapu Venkata Ramana, Deputy State Tax Officer, GST, Madhapur-II Circle and Marri Mahitha, Senior Assistant, Madhapur-III Circle.

According to police, the officials had conspired with the accused, who had started bogus electric bike manufacturing units. The accused started bogus firms by collecting electricity bills from the owners of the premises in Hyderabad. They later registered firms in the GST portal by submitting fake and fabricated rental agreements.

Police said the accused caused wrongful loss to the government exchequer, without manufacturing e-bikes.

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