Gujarat Income Tax department has carried out surveys at 67 petrol pumps across the state in the past 10 days. According to market sources, these outlets had been under the I-T scanner for a long time. Post the demonetisation announcement on November 8, the government had allowed petrol pumps to accept the devalued notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 up to the midnight of December 2.
The I-T department had received information from its intelligence base that a lot of such outlets across the state had indulged in large scale embezzlement during this period. Carrying notices under Section 133A of the IT Act, the inspectors have been checking cash books of these outlets to tally the sales corresponding to the deposits made during the nearly month-long period of demonetisation. Arvindbhai Thakkar, president of Gujarat Petrol Pump Dealer Association said, “The process started from March 8 and 67 outlets, mostly in and around Rajkot, have been surveyed till now.
The outlet owners were also asked to give extensive details of the transactions carried out post-demonetisation.” Sources claimed that even though the I-T officials formally declared the process as a survey, they carried out the procedure as a raid. A lot of documents and assets owned by the outlet owners were seized and extensive interrogation was carried out. The source added that several owners were also forced to declare their wealth under the government’s income declaration scheme- Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 2016 (PMGKY).