*Micro Labs under lens for Rs 300 crore income tax evasion | The Financial Express

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Separately, unallowable freebies expenses worth Rs 1,000 crore detected

The company has also provided freebies worth Rs 1,000 crore by debiting in its books of account unallowable expenses for travel expenses, perquisites and gifts to doctors and medical professionals for promoting the group’s products under the heads “promotion and propaganda”, “seminars and symposiums”, “medical advisories” etc, the sources added.The company has also provided freebies worth Rs 1,000 crore by debiting in its books of account unallowable expenses for travel expenses, perquisites and gifts to doctors and medical professionals for promoting the group’s products under the heads “promotion and propaganda”, “seminars and symposiums”, “medical advisories” etc, the sources added.

Dolo-650 manufacturer Micro Labs has “sought to evade” Rs 300 crore tax by claiming artificially inflated deduction under special provisions in respect of certain incomes, official sources said.

The company has also provided freebies worth Rs 1,000 crore by debiting in its books of account unallowable expenses for travel expenses, perquisites and gifts to doctors and medical professionals for promoting the group’s products under the heads “promotion and propaganda”, “seminars and symposiums”, “medical advisories” etc, the sources added.

The income tax department said without naming the company that carried out search and seizure operations on July 6 on a “Bengaluru-based pharmaceutical group”, engaged in the business of manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical products and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API). The group has presence in over 50 countries. The search action covered around 36 premises spread across 9 States.

“Instances of violation of provisions of tax deduction at source under section 194C of the Income-tax Act, 1961 have also been detected in respect of transactions under contracts entered into with the third-party bulk drug manufacturers,” the department said.

During the search action, unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 1.2 crore and unaccounted gold and diamond jewellery worth more than Rs 1.4 crore have also been seized.

The company recorded a whopping sale of 350 crore Dolo tablets after Covid-19 broke out in early 2020 till January 2022. Dolo-650 was one of the most prescribed pills to manage Covid-induced fever and virtually became a household name across the country.

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