Vijay Ratnakar Gutte who is directing the film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ has been detained today moirning under Section 132 (1)(c) of the CGST Act by the Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI) in Mumbai. According to court documents, he has been charged for alleged Goods and Services Tax (GST) fraud of at least Rs 34 crore. He is accused of receiving input tax credit using fake bills and invoices that have been issued without any supply of goods or services.
According to court documents, VGR Digital Corp which is owned by Vijay Gutte had wrongly claimed a cash refund of Rs 28 crore from the government against Central Value Added Tax and he has been receiving credits for these fake invoices since 2017.
Vijay Gutte is the son of sugar baron Ratnakar Gutte who had contested the 2014 assembly elections as a BJP-led alliance from Gangakhed. He was directing the Anupam Kher starrer film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ based on the book of Sanjay Baru. The film is produced by Sunil Bohra and is due to release in 2018 December.
The director will remain under police custody till August 14. It is accused that the Gutte has not been cooperating with the police or investigating team into enquiry. The GST credit of 80 crore was illegally taken from the government with the help of fake invoices of software services. It is found that the Horizon Outsource had issued spurious invoices presenting GST of Rs 47 crore to its clients.