These ROSCTL licenses are akin to digital coupons worth several lakh rupees allowing the company to obtain tax and duty refunds, the DCP said, adding that the fraudsters obtained a total of 154 ROSCTL worth Rs 27.61 crore from Ahuja’s business and had transferred to bogus and fictitious businesses opened by them and cashing them.
They also used to cash in these coupons by transferring them to other companies, DCP Agarwal said.
He said working silently on Ahuja’s company complaint since July last year, Faridabad Police arrested a total of nine defendants from different places in the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Karnataka.
The latest arrest took place on December 23 last year, the officer said, adding that some of the defendants include former employees and employees of the General Directorate of Foreign Trade, familiar with the technical details and operation of the DGFT.
The DCP identified the arrested defendants as Delhi residents Manoj Rana, Manish Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Lalit Kumar Jain and Manish Kumar Moga in addition to Bhusan Kishan Thakur from Mumbai and Suresh Kumar Jain from Chennai.
Two other people arrested in the scam have been identified as Ganesh Parsuram from Raichur in Karnataka, Rahul Raghunath from Raigadh and Santosh Sitaram from Pune.
Agarwal said defendants Manoj Rana, Manish Kumar, Praveen Kumar and Manish Kumar Moga had previously worked as clerks in DGFT and were familiar with the workings of the directorate.
They used to fraudulently secure the codes of big exim companies and, by checking their records, verify the money in their accounts as well as the value of the ROSCTL coupons they were entitled to, before targeting them.