On Tuesday the officials said, “The income tax department has gathered “evidence” that real estate group Omaxe allegedly indulged in “unaccounted” cash transactions with customers to the tune of over Rs 3,000 crore.”

The CBDT issued a statement to say that it raided the premises of a leading real estate group active in north India on March 14.

“The search action covered more than 45 premises in Delhi and NCR, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Lucknow and Indore,” the statement issued by the policy-making body for the tax department said.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said, “Unaccounted cash of Rs 25 crore and jewellery worth Rs 5 crore has been seized while 11 lockers have been put under restraint. A large number of incriminating evidences including hard copy documents and digital data have been seized during the search.”

“The seized evidences contain unaccounted ‘on-money’ cash receipt data of the group from various customers for more than 10 years,” it said.

The CBDT claimed, the key employees and business heads of various projects have stated the modus operandi of the group and have “admitted” that the group has generated unaccounted income by accepting ‘on-money’ (cash) “unaccounted” cash from its customers which have not been recorded in the regular books of account.

It said, “Evidence of receipt of such on-money exceeding Rs 3,000 crore has been gathered so far.”

The perusal of evidences found that they contain particulars of investors from whom, the group has received “cash loans” amounting to Rs 450 crore, the statement alleged.

Omaxe is one of the leading real estate developers of Delhi/NCR. It also has significant presence in similar products projects of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.