Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 20
Punjab Vigilance Department on Friday claimed it has unearthed a large tax evasion and medicines smuggling racket the place quite a few officers of the State Excise and Taxation Department had been allegedly taking month-to-month bribes from businessmen and transporters for transporting items out and in of Punjab with out paying the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
DGP BK Uppal, who can be the chief director of Punjab’s Vigilance Bureau, and Director LK Yadav stated six folks, together with 4 excise officers he recognized as Varun Nagpal, Satpal Multani, Kalicharan and Japsimran Singh, and Excise Inspector Ram Kumar had been arrested over bribery expenses.
The sixth individual was recognized as Shiv Kumar, an worker with a transport firm.
Two FIRS have been lodged in opposition to the accused on the Vigilance Bureau underneath the Prevention of Corruption Act and different sections. The Vigilance Bureau performed raids everywhere in the state to nab the accused.
Uppal stated additional investigations had been on. “We suspect it is a multi-crore scandal where the accused were causing huge loss to the state exchequer at a monthly bribe of Rs 2 lakh for safe passage of the goods.”
As per the FIRs, the racket ran on system of codes the place the accused coded a truck of products as “passer” and let it go with out paying the taxes.
“In some circumstances, tax of decrease slab of the GST of the product transported was levied. In others, officers conspired with businessmen to document motion of a commodity with decrease tax worth than the precise good provided.
The accused additionally supplied correct data on ‘safe escape routes’ for the transporters in order that they don’t should pay tax on the designated counters and supplied immunity from checking on the way in which additionally.
Uppal stated the Excise and Taxation division was absolutely co-operating with the investigation and had helped the Bureau in tracing the scandal.