Vivo India transferred Rs 62,476 crore to China to avoid taxes
According to a statement issued by the Enforcement Directorate, Rs 62,476 crore has been "illegally" transferred to China by smartphone maker Vivo to evade payment of taxes in India between 2017 and 2021.
18 companies that were incorporated fraudulently helped the smartphone maker Vivo to transfer 50 percent of the turnover outside India to mainly China.
Under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 119 bank accounts of entities with a gross balance of Rs 465 crore have been seized so far.
While transferring money to China, Vivo India has shown losses in most of its associate firms.
The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has filed a police complaint against Vivo's subsidiary Grand Prospect International Communication Pvt Ltd (GPICPL), its directors, shareholders, certifying professionals etc.
Prevention of Money Laundering Act
It was enacted in 2002 and came into force in 2005.
The objective of the Act is to prevent money laundering, that is, the process of converting black money into white.
The Act empowers government officials to confiscate property acquired through illegal sources and money laundering.
Under the Act the burden of proof lies with the accused, who has to prove that the suspect property has not been obtained through unfair means.
It is a specialised financial investigation agency under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
It is a law enforcement and economic intelligence agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India.
Its name was changed to Enforcement Directorate (ED) in 1957.
Its headquarters is in New Delhi and has many regional offices all over the country.
The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) - Sanjay Kumar Mishra
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