The bail got granted to a tax evasion accused of an amount about Rs.18 crores by the Rajasthan High Court.

Mr.Dhanraj Singhal the accused in this case was arrested for the offences under Sections 132(1), (b), and (c) of Rajasthan Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 which is a punishable act under Section 132(1)(i) read with Section 132(5) of Rajasthan Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017.

The petitioner Mr.Singhal suggested that adjudication as to levy of tax payable is yet to be made. Notice for levy of penalty got issued, but the same has not been adjudicated upon by the respondents.

The petitioner further states the facts about some similar cases in which allegation of issuing invoices without supplying the goods, was levelled up against some 26 firms but none of them got implicated as an accused.

Since February 5, 2020, Mr.Singhal is in custody as the offences are compoundable, the maximum punishment provided under the Act is for a term of 5 years, the pre-charge evidence is yet to start. But the counsel appearing from the side of Rajasthan Goods & Services Tax Department, contended that there is enough material on record to show that the petitioner was instrumental in tax evasion for a huge amount of Rs.18 crores.

Justice Mahendra Kumar Goyal’s single-judge bench has allowed the bail application and directed that the accused-petitioner shall be released on bail if the accused furnishes a personal bond in the sum of Rs.1,00,000 together with two sureties in the sum of Rs.50,000 each to the satisfaction of the trial court with the stipulation that he shall comply with all the conditions laid down under Section 437(3) Cr.P.C.

With Warm Regards,

CL Bureau.

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