The Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence has arrested Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, director of the film, The Accidental Prime Minister, and son of sugar baron Ratnakar Gutte for GST fraud worth Rs 34 crore.
Anupam Kher plays a lead role of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the film The Accidental Prime Minister. Gutte’s father had unsuccessfully contested in 2014 assembly polls from Gangakhed in Parbhani district as a BJP-led alliance candidate. He’s often been dubbed as Chhota Modi by opposition parties in Maharashtra.
Gutte is alleged to used his company, VRG Digital Corp Pvt Ltd, to obtain “fake invoices” involving GST of Rs 34 crore for animation and manpower services received from Horizon Outsource Solutions Pvt Ltd, reported Indian Express. Horizon Outsource Solutions Pvt Ltd too has already facing probe for GST fraud worth over Rs 170 crore.
The remand application filed in the court read, “The accused (Gutte) had not only availed of non-existent input tax credit (ITC) but further went ahead and fraudulently claimed refund of such ITC from the GST department on the strength of such fake/ bogus invoices to defraud state exchequer.”
The Indian Express report further added that VRG Digital Corp has also wrongly claimed a cash refund of Rs 28 crore from the government against CENVAT (Central Value Added Tax) credit received for these fake invoices since July 2017. The agency has reportedly alleged that Gutte was not cooperating with the probe.
Other films produced by Gutte so far have been Emotional Attyachar, Time Bara Vait and Badmashiyaan. ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, which is based on Sanjay Baru’s book, is his directorial debut. Baru was the media advisor and chief spokesperson of former PM Manmohan Singh between 2004 and 2008.