The officials of the special investigating branch (SIB) of the commercial tax department (Aligarh range) carried out a search operation at a small Kachori shop in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh after being reported of tax evasion.
As per media reports, the owner of the popular snack shop, Mukesh Kumar, has a whopping turnover of around Rs 60-70 lakhs every year but he does not pay any taxes. In fact, on further inverstigation, it was revealed that despite being a 'crorepati', he has not registered his business under the GST (goods and services tax).
The shop situated at a narrow lane of Aligarh is reportedly very famous in the area for selling steaming and spicy ‘kachoris’. The ordinary-looking outlet which has been in the business for the last 10-12 years sees brisk sale throughout the day.
Talking about the massive revelation, the Deputy Commissioner of the commercial tax (Aligarh range), Ravindra Pal Singh Kauntiye, reportedly said that that they were keeping close tabs on the outlet initially, conducted a recce by watching the turnout of customers at different timings. After making an assessment, they reportedly raided the shop with a search warrant on June 20 when the shop owner himself reportedly opened up about his tentative income rate which turned out in Lakhs.
However, talking to ANI, Mukesh reportedly said that his income is not more than 40 lakhs and he doesn't fall under the category that requires GST registration. Talking to ANI, he reportedly said, "My shop was raided on June 20. My daily sale is around Rs. 2000-3000. Modi Ji had said that GST registration is required in turnover of more than Rs 40 lakh, my income is not even half of it. These people are threatening me now."
However, he further revealed that a notice has been issued to Mukesh addressing the matter, and he has expressed readiness to have GST registration.
As per media reports, there are over 600 kachori sellers in Aligarh, with names more famous than Mukesh, who might be evading taxes.