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Case Name : M/s Ratnagiri Stainless Pvt. Ltd. Vs Income Tax Of f icer 5(3) (1) , (ITAT Mumbai)
Appeal Number : I.T.A. No. 4463/Mum/2016
Date of Judgement/Order : 04.04.2017
Related Assessment Year : 2009-10
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We have observed that the assessee is dealing in the business as supplier in ferrous and non-ferrous. The genesis of the case is the Information which was received by the A.O. from DGIT (Inv.), Mumbai that there are some parties who are engaged in hawala transactions and are involved in issuing bogus bills for sale of material without delivery of goods, which information was based on information received from Maharashtra Sales Tax Authorities that the assessee is beneficiary of hawala/accommodation entries for bogus purchases from 28 entry providers to the tune of Rs. 2,39,83,261/- from these accommodation entry providers. The accommodation entry providers had deposed and admitted before the Maharashtra Sales Tax Authorities vide their statement/affidavits that they were engaged in providing bogus accommodation entries where in bogus sale bills were issued without delivery of goods, in consideration for commission. These accommodation entry providers, on receipt of cheques from the parties against bogus bills for sale of material, later on withdrew cash from their bank accounts which was returned to beneficiaries of bogus bills after deduction of their agreed commission. The assessee was stated to be one of the beneficiaries of these bogus entries of sale of material by these 28 hawala entry operators in favour of the assessee to the tune of Rs.2,39,83,261/-, wherein the assessee made alleged bogus purchases to the tune of Rs.2,39,83,261/- through these bogus bills issued by hawala entry providers in favour of the assessee. These dealers were surveyed by the Sales Tax Investigation Department whereby the directors of these dealers have admitted in a deposition vide statements/affidavits made before the Sales Tax Department that they were involved in issuing bogus purchase bills without delivery of any material. There is a list of 28 such parties wherein the assessee is stated to be beneficiary of bogus purchase bills to the tune of Rs.2,39,83,261/-. It was observed by AO that these parties just issue bogus bills in lieu for earning commission without actual supply of goods. In an sworn Affidavit Cum Declaration filed before Sales Tax Investigation Branch, Mumbai and in deposition before the Assistant Commissioner of Sales tax, Investigation Branch, Mumbai,the directors of the said 28 entities have admitted of issuing only invoices for sake of entry without delivery of goods. The Directors of the said 28 entities stated in their sworn affidavit that they had only supplied bills on receipt of cheques and later on cash was withdrawn from banks and after deduction of agreed commission, balance money was returned in cash to the assessee. The details of the aforesaid bogus parties from whom the assessee is stated to have purchased material are as under:-

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