The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday led different assaults regarding a tax evasion test into counterfeit Covid testing during the as of late held Kumbh mela in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar.
Searches were led at the workplaces of Novus Path Labs, DNA Labs, Max Corporate Services, Dr Lal Chandani Labs Pvt Ltd and Nalwa Laboratories Pvt Ltd and furthermore at the private premises of their chiefs in Dehradun, Haridwar, Delhi, Noida and Hisar, the office said in an explanation.
The ED said it has seized “implicating reports, sham bills, workstations, cell phones and property records and Rs 30.9 lakh cash” during the assaults that were continuous.
The office as of late enrolled a criminal case under arrangements of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against the blamed organizations and their chiefs in the wake of considering Uttarakhand Police FIRs against them.
This was trailed by the assaults.
These labs were given the agreement by the Uttarakhand government for leading fast antigen and RT-PCR tests for Covid during the Kumbh Mela, the ED said.
These labs barely did any COVID-19 test and made “counterfeit passages” for the testing and raised “fake” bills to procure illicit monetary profits, it said.
“A measure of Rs 3.4 crore has effectively been gotten by them from Uttarakhand government as part installment,” the ED said.
The office said its examination tracked down that the “usual way of doing things utilized by these labs was that they utilized single versatile number or a bogus portable number, single location or same example reference structure (SRF) for numerous people for showing the expanded quantities of Covid testing without really doing the testing”.