CBI files case against Cadbury India for fraud and corruption
New Delhi: The CBI has filed a chargesheet against dairy milk chocolate maker Cadbury India (now Mondelez Foods Pvt Ltd) and central excise officials. Cadbury India has been accused of filing false documents for a factory license in Himachal Pradesh and using a corrupt route to obtain a license.
A preliminary CBI probe has revealed that Cadbury India paid a bribe to get tax relief on an area basis in Baddi area of Himachal Pradesh and to submit documents in a wrong and misleading manner. The CBI then filed a chargesheet against Cadbury India. The CBI has arrested 12 people in the case. This includes two officials from the Central Excise Department. Cadbury India vice president Vikram Arora and director Rajesh Garg and jailboy Phillips have also been arrested.
Irregularities from 2009 to 2011
Cadbury India has illegally levied excise duty of Rs 241 crore for setting up a factory in Himachal Pradesh and for its industry, the CBI said in its chargesheet. According to the CBI, the transaction took place between 2009 and 2011.
The CBI has clarified that Cadbury India did not follow the rules and regulations for this and obtained all the permits illegally. The CBI also alleged in its chargesheet that Cadbury India had expanded the existing factory without setting up a separate factory to get tax relief. Cadbury India had also obtained the license of the second factory in July 2010, four months after the cut-off date for tax relief.
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