A Bengaluru businessman was arrested in Mumbai and jailed for six months for allegedly defaulting on payment of Rs 11.94 crore as income tax and penalty arrears, said a top official on Tuesday.
"For the first time for Karnataka, a Bengaluru businessman was stopped on Monday at the Mumbai airport from leaving the country and arrested for allegedly not paying Rs 11.94 crore income tax and penalty arrears," said the Income Tax official in a statement without naming the defaulter.
A tax recovery officer sent the defaulter to the city central jail for six months after he failed to arrange for paying the tax arrears, including penalty and interest, after he was brought from Mumbai under police custody.
"The defaulter was also found to have illegally transferred property at Yeshwanthpur on Bengaluru's northwest suburb," said the statement.
As per Rule 73 of the Second Schedule to the Income Tax Act, 1962, if a defaulter transfers his property after the service of ITCP-1 (Income Tax Certificate Proceedings), the certificate may be executed by his arrest and detention.
The provision in Rule 16 prohibiting transfer of property by the defaulter without the permission of the TRO (Tax Recovery Officer) is stringent and the defaulter must face the consequences of his wilful violation.
The TRO under the Income Tax Act can take recourse to one or more of the modes of recovery specified under Section 222 of the Act read with the rules laid down in the second schedule.
"The defaulter had violated the provisions of Section 222 of the Act and Rule 16 of the schedule by transferring immovable properties after the date of service of notice of demand," said the statement.