Jaipur: In a recent case, lending help to his cousin in a false dowry harassment case against her in-laws by preparing bogus bills proved fatal for a jeweler in Jaipur and turned the table on the victim who alleged harassment from her in laws.
Taking action on a complaint regarding false bills/cash memos and alleged tax evasion, Rajasthan Commercial Tax Department caught Jeweler’s tax evasion for last three years. This is a lesson to all the relatives who have been abetting the conspiracies of the self declared victims with malicious intentions to harass innocent families by misusing the women centric laws.
A dowry harassment case under IPC 498a and 406 was filed by an estranged daughter-in-law in March 2012 against her husband and in-laws. Complainant’s cousin Ajay Soni, who is a jeweler, prepared jewelry bills of Rs. 8 Lakhs from his firm Messrs Ram Kishore Sarraf, Jaipur - with backdated bills from January and March 2010. There was no mention of VAT on these bills, as it was not possible for him to pay VAT in past. The girl's side submitted these bogus jewelry bills to police with malicious intention to get the custody of the husband and parents-in-laws extended and to blackmail them under the garb of streedhan recovery.
After getting bail from the court, in-laws sought the copies of the jewelry bills, case diary and many other documents including police arrest guidelines/circulars which were flouted in the said case from Police through RTI (Right to Information Act, 2005).
While police shared their incapability in investigating the authenticity of these bills, a complaint to Rajasthan Commercial Tax Department was heard and on the investigation of false jewelry bills and audit of jeweler’s documents, the anti tax evasion team found no entries in Jeweler’s books on the sale of jewelry worth Rs. 50 lakhs in last three years. On 19th March 2013, the anti tax evasion team charged the jeweler with the offences under section 25(1), 55 and 61 of VAT act 2005 and sent a notice to the Jeweler and ordered him to pay the required tax with interest and penalty.
An application under CrPC section 457 has been filed in the court by in-laws to get the custody of the articles and jewelry seized by the police using those jewelry bills as the basis. Besides, a petition under Section 482 has been filed to the Rajasthan High court for fair investigation and disciplinary action against Investigating Officer. High court in its interim order has granted stay on filing of the charge sheet by police in this dowry harassment case.
Things one should do after receiving Dowry Complaint:-
If metro wife files false dowry bills or claims inflated dowry amount beyond her / families capabilities then TEP (Tax Evasion petition) and chasing the same with RTI is a must to bring her / family members to books against false dowry charges.