The Accidental Prime Minister director held for ₹34 crore GST fraud

Mumbai: Film director Vijay R Gutte, son of a leading Maharashtra businessman close to the BJP, has been arrested in a case of alleged Rs34-crore GST fraud committed through fake documents, official sources said here on Friday.

Director of an upcoming film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ starring veteran actor Anupam Kher, Gutte has been remanded in custody till August 14 by a Mumbai court.

The directorate general of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI) has booked Gutte under the Central GST Act on charge of wrongfully availing input tax credit through fake bills and invoices. If found guilty, Gutte could face a penalty and jail for five years, the sources said.

According to DGGSTI, Gutte’s firm VRG Digital Corp Pvt Ltd (VRGDCPL) allegedly received fake invoices involving GST of around Rs34 crore for animation and manpower services from Horizon Outsource Solutions Pvt Ltd (HOSPL). Under the GST regime, the input tax credit permits taxpayers to claim credit for taxes paid on purchases after submission of proper documents.

(With inputs from IANS)