Chinese telecoms giant Vivo Mobile has been accused by an Indian government agency of evading taxes worth $280 million.
The tax evasion allegation is India’s second this week against a Chinese phone-maker.
India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said it had detected customs duty evasion, following which it has issued a show cause notice to Vivo India, it said in a statement.
A show cause notice is a formal demand on an accused party to justify themselves.
The DRI’s investigation led to the finding of “incriminating evidence indicating wilful mis-declaration in the description of certain items imported,” the statement said.
Vivo India did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Last month, Reuters reported India’s financial crime-fighting agency, the Enforcement Directorate, raided Vivo.
On Tuesday, the DRI issued a show-cause notice to Oppo, another Chinese phone-maker, demanding duty of 44 billion Indian rupees ($556.57 million).
- Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara