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Businessman Denied Pre-Arrest Bail in Rs 13 Crore GST Fraud Case

Last updated: 20 June 2024

In a significant development in the ongoing GST fraud investigation, a local court has denied pre-arrest bail to businessman Ritesh Garg. The court's decision comes in the wake of allegations implicating Garg in a Rs 13 crore GST scam, a scheme believed to involve government officials' collusion.

Court's Rationale for Denial

Judge Jagdeep Singh, presiding over the case, highlighted the improbability of such an extensive fraud being conducted without governmental collaboration. This aspect necessitates a comprehensive investigation to unveil the true extent of the conspiracy.

Businessman Denied Pre-Arrest Bail in Rs 13 Crore GST Fraud Case

Discovery of the Fraud

The fraud first came to light during a 2021 inspection, prompting a detailed police investigation. The probe revealed that King Enterprise, registered in December 2014, had engaged in fraudulent Input Tax Credit (ITC) claims, resulting in significant revenue losses. Key figures and companies involved include:

  • King Enterprise: Made bogus purchases and fraudulently claimed Rs 11.6 crore in ITC.
  • Other Firms: Received Rs 6.4 crore from the fraudulent ITC.
  • RK Trading: Owned by Ritesh Garg, provided surety for King Enterprise's registration.

Vikas's Arrest and Disclosure

Vikas, another individual connected to the case, was arrested in April. During his disclosure, he named Ritesh Garg as a principal conspirator in the fraudulent activities. This statement played a crucial role in the court's decision to deny bail to Garg.

Bail Application and Opposition

Ritesh Garg applied for bail last week, arguing his absence from the FIR and his readiness to cooperate with the investigation. However, the public prosecutor opposed this request, asserting that Garg's custody was essential for further evidence collection and recovery of the defrauded amount. The prosecutor also contended that Garg is likely the mastermind behind the fraud.

Charges and Legal Proceedings

The case encompasses multiple charges, including:

  • Criminal Conspiracy: Orchestrating the GST fraud.
  • Cheating and Forgery: Fabricating documents to execute the fraud.
  • Use of Forged Documents: Utilizing these documents to claim ITC.

The complaint, lodged by the excise and taxation officer of Gurgaon (north), accused King Enterprise of making false ITC claims and misusing 'C' forms.

Investigative Findings

The investigation uncovered several critical details:

  • Non-Existent Registered Address: King Enterprise's registered address was found to be fake.
  • Fictitious Documents: The firm's registration was based on forged documents.
  • Linked Accounts and Mobile Numbers: The firm's bank account was jointly held by Bimla Devi and Vikas, while the registered mobile number belonged to Sunny Garg, Ritesh's brother.

The court emphasized the need for a thorough investigation to explore the involvement of public servants in this intricate web of deceit.


As the investigation progresses, the denial of bail to Ritesh Garg marks a pivotal moment in the pursuit of justice in this high-profile GST fraud case. The authorities remain committed to uncovering the full extent of the conspiracy and holding all involved parties accountable.

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