The Department of Revenue Investigation (DoRI) has filed a case against 16 people on the charge of revenue fraud. A case has been filed against them with a claim of Rs 2.19 billion in fine.

According to a notice issued by the department, the cases have been filed against Anil Kumar Gupta, Pravin Kumar Mahato, Saroj Shrestha, Bhulawan Mahar, among others, for using fake VAT bills.

An investigation by the department confirmed that Anil Gupta & Associates, Ankush Trade and Suppliers, among others, issued fake invoices and collected taxes from the consumers, but did not file the value added tax amount in the government treasury.

The department claims the individuals caused VAT and income tax revenue losses for the government.

The department will take action against these individuals and companies as per the Revenue Leakage Investigation and Control Act, 1995.

These individuals and companies have leaked revenue worth Rs 645 million towards VAT and Rs 1.55 billion towards income tax.

Ankush Trade and Suppliers, Sandhya Traders, Lucky Trade Link, Muan Trading Concern, Dibya Nikki K Traders, NKD Traders, GN Traders, Suvarna Trade Link, Sanjay International Enterprises, Anshu Trade Link, Komal Trade Link, Ian Trade Link and others have been deemed guilty by the department.

A version of this article appears in the print on April 24, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.