Income Tax sleuths strike at builder’s petrol pump

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RAJKOT: The Income Tax department has detected unaccounted transactions to the tune of Rs 130 crore from owner of Eagle Petrol Pump located on the 150 feet Ring Road. The I-T sleuths began the suvey operation late on Thursday night that continued till Friday evening.

The petrol pump is owned by controversial builder Kamlesh Ramani.

Top sources in the I-T department said that they have dug out details of cash deposits, bank accounts, property transactions, financial dealings and recovered some documents and diaries that are self-elaborative.

“All these transactions unearthed are unaccounted. The documents and diaries clearly state the amount of money that was transacted unscrupulously,” said a senior I-T officer.
The investigation also revealed that Ramani had filed nominal returns on his assets and income.

“The search and survey operations are still on. We cannot say how long it would continue as the scale of dealings is very high,” he said.
Ramani has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. On December 2, the Rajkot city police had externed him and barred his entry in four districts including Rajkot, Morbi, Surendranagar and Jamnagar for two years. At least four cases had been lodged against Ramani in last three years including two of prohibition, one of rape and one case assault. He is out on bail in the rape case.
Earlier this month, he was arrested from Somnath for forging his birth certificate to obtain liquor permit way back in 2000. Ramani, 43, had mentioned his birth year as 1965 instead of his real birth-year of 1973