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Rs 14,000 crore default case: Gujarat businessman detained, says money belongs to politicians, babus

Mahesh Shah, the missing businessman from Gujarat, who had disclosed unaccounted earnings of Rs 13,860 under Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) and since gone missing for 10 days was detained by I-T officials from the sets of a TV news channel on Saturday.


Rs 14,000 crore default case: Gujarat businessman detained, says money belongs to politicians, babus

Ahmedabad: Mahesh Shah, the missing businessman from Gujarat, who had disclosed unaccounted earnings of Rs 13,860 under Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) and since gone missing for 10 days was detained by I-T officials from the sets of a TV news channel on Saturday. Shah claims that the money that he declared under IDS belongs to politicians and bureaucrats and more information will be disclosed soon.

The real estate dealer also said that he regrets what he has done and will fully cooperate with the I-T department. He was missing since November 29.

"I will disclose the names of the people in front of specific I-T officers," Shah said.

"I was not running away and it was due to some reasons I stayed away from media," he added.

Income Tax department officials have arrested him from ETV studio in Gujarat.

Earlier he told the TV channel that "Rs 13,860 crore I declared under Income Disclosure Scheme is not mine".

The businessman said he had done the disclosure "out of compulsion" and was promised "commission" for declaring the wealth as his.

"Those whose money was disclosed under IDS backed out at the last moment so I could not pay the first instalment," Shah said.

He said he had realised the mistake and would reveal "everything soon" after providing all information to the IT department..

"Those whose money was disclosed are businessmen and politicians."

Gujarati businessman had disclosed unaccounted earnings of Rs 13,860 crore under the Centre's Income Declaration Scheme.

A resident of Ahmedabad with businesses in Mumbai and other parts of India, though Shah declared the income on under the IDS 2016, he failed to pay the first installment of tax – a sum of Rs 975 crore – by November 30, thus leading to his declaration of Rs 13,000 crore being termed as “black money”.

Notably, the IDS offered immunity to those who declared their unaccounted income once they paid the tax. But that is where Shah slipped.

The Income Tax department is said to be investigating Shah and conducting searches at several places related to Apaji Amin & Company.

Following the search operations by the IT Department, it has also been revealed that "Shah declared black money on behalf of several big shots of Ahmedabad."

A Times of India reported that Shah has disappeared and income tax department sleuths carried out searches at Shah's residence and his chartered account Tehmul Sethna's office and residence from November 29 to December 1. "The last time I talked to Shah was on November 29 in the presence of I-T officials. Ever since, he is inaccessible," said the report quoting Sethna, Shah's partner in the 90-year-old CA firm Appaji Amin & Co. 

Shah declared his income on September 30 -the last date for disclosures under IDS. The first instalment of Rs 1,560 crore, 25% of the 45% tax imposed on his declared income, was to be paid on November 30. However, Shah's declaration form was cancelled by the I-T department on November 28, the report added.

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