Another fraud by Director of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, but National Media chooses to remain silent

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Vijay Gutte - Director of Accidental Prime Minister

 

 

Vijay Ratnakar Gutte’s directorial debut, ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ has been politically hyped up and is being referred to as a propaganda film at the onset of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections.

 

 

While many media houses have been promoting debates on this film, many are silent of the grave accusations levied on Vijay Gutte. The Gutte family who are also the makers of ‘Accidental Prime Minister’ received ₹5400cr as Farmer Loan from BJP Govt and have also been named in ₹328cr sugar factory scam. However, the list of scams do not end here for Vijay Gutte. As per a report by the Indian Express, the director is not only charged for violating Indian tax laws but is also accused of defrauding the British Film Institute by claiming bogus tax rebates in the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

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Akshaye Khanna with Vijay Gutte

 

 

Charges on Gutte

(as per documents accessed by the Indian Express) 

 

  • VRG Digital Corporation Pvt Ltd, a company linked to Vijay Gutte

  • The British Film Institute is the principal agency for certification of a film as British

  • Under the UK Creative Industry Tax Reliefs, the British government allows up to 25 per cent tax concession for films qualifying as British films

  • To qualify as one, production companies should be within the UK corporation tax net and at least 10 percent of the expenditure in making the film should be spent in the UK

  • The tax relief is available on the actual expenditure incurred in the UK or 80 per of total filmmaking expenses, whichever is lower

  • A remand application filed by the Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DGGSTI) in a local court said that VRG Digital Corporation, Bombay Casting Talent Management Pvt Ltd (BCTMPL), a Bohra Bros Group firm (also one of the producers of the film) and Horizon Outsource Solutions undertook circuitous transactions to show higher quantum of money invested by BCTMPL into The Accidental Prime Minister

  • The transactions, according to the remand application, were undertaken to “defraud” the British Film Institute to access the tax rebate

  • Vijay Gutte was on the board of VRG Digital till November 2018

  • The DGGSTI had arrested Gutte on 02nd August and he is currently out on bail

 

 

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  • VRG Digital Corporation is accused of making “fake invoices” involving GST of Rs. 34 crore for animation and manpower services received from Horizon Outsource Solutions Pvt Ltd, a company that is also under the scanner of the DGGSTI for a GST fraud of over Rs. 170 crore

 

  • VRG Digital Corporation is also accused of wrongly claiming cash refund of Rs. 28 crore from the government against CENVAT (Central Value Added Tax) credit received for these fake invoices since July 2017
  • The DGGSTI said VRG Digital paid Rs. 115 crore to BCTMPL between June 2017 and September 2017 through Horizon Outsource even though the actual services were provided by BCTMPL

 

 

 

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GUTTE’s CLARIFICATION:

 

“There is no case against VRG Digital. There are no circuitous transactions. The government department misunderstood the situation and thought I was part of a racket run by Horizon Outsource Solutions involving a fraud of Rs 170 crore.

 

“In fact, I was a victim of the scam run by Horizon. I had paid Rs 34 crore to Horizon and, instead of paying the government, Horizon ran away with the money. I have filed a Rs 100 crore suit against Horizon Outsource. But I am glad the department arrested me because I believe that is how investigations in this country should be done.”

 

 

 

 

It must be noted that Gutte was also associated with VRG Digital Corporation’s UK subsidiary After Studios UK Ltd, which is involved with the digital intermediate and VFX of The Accidental Prime Minister, however, he resigned from After Studios UK’s board in August 2018. Later, Gutte confirmed that he had transferred his entire stake in VRG Digital to his sister in January 2017. He quoted:

 

“I am a creative person and since I was busy with the shooting of The Accidental Prime Minister, I was not able to devote enough time to these companies.”

 

 

 

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What remains astonishing is that barely any national media is unearthing these serious charges against Gutte and his family. On the other hand, Anupam Kher has publicly called it as an opportunity to release the movie before general elections to earn maximum mileage from the same.

 

 

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