Tribune News Service
Patiala, August 8
While the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has determined to probe the function of Rajpura-based NV Distilleries, talked about in at the least 14 instances of liquor smuggling throughout Haryana, the Punjab Excise Department is awaiting a communique from its Haryana counterpart to provoke investigations towards the distillery.
A senior ED official stated they’d conduct a probe to determine if liquor illegally diverted to Haryana was additionally being distributed in Punjab. “We are concerned with the black money being generated thus. We will look into the possibility of money-laundering through liquor smuggling,” an official stated. Sources stated the ED had sought particulars of FIRs filed in Haryana and Punjab when liquor instances from NV Distillery had been confiscated by the Punjab Police, “but the name of the distillery was not mentioned in the FIR.” The Special Enquiry Team (SET) probing the Haryana liquor rip-off had sought info from Punjab’s Principal Secretary, Excise and Taxation, on June 25, who replied that 22,936 instances of liquor of Rajpur-based NV Distillery remained unaccounted for.
“We had found 22,936 cases of liquor meant for other states in a godown of NV Distillery. We have already sought an explanation”, stated Punjab Principal Secretary (Excise and Taxation) A Venu Prasad. “We are yet to get a copy of the the Haryana probe report,” he stated.
Senior officers claimed that with out the federal government nod, no officer in Punjab would dare provoke motion towards any distillery within the state. Prasad, nonetheless, stated: “If we get anything against NV distillery, we will conduct a probe.”