Tribune News Service
Patiala, September 3
Over three months after a bootleg liquor unit was sealed by the Punjab Police in Ghanaur, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a case on Thursday.
It will look into the politician-smuggler nexus, if any, and the position of authorized and unlawful distilleries that minted cash, hiding precise revenue figures. A proper ED case report has been lodged with the Jalandhar zonal workplace, stated sources.
The modus operandi
Distilleries allegedly produced extra liquor than permitted through the Covid-19 lockdown
It was packed in bottles faking costly manufacturers and bought on the unique worth
Illegal sale at vends
Authorised sellers illegally bought the bottles at vends and evaded tax, stated sources
They say the 12 FIRs lodged within the rip-off, together with in Ghanaur, Mohali, Rajpura and Khanna, have additionally been connected. The case will probe alleged irregularities by politicians, distillery managements, liquor merchants, smugglers and excise and police officers. The movement of cash made by shady offers will likely be probed too.
The ED reportedly obtained little cooperation from the police and excise officers. It had sought particulars of FIRs, raids, arrests and probe reviews up to now two years. A letter in search of info to the Excise Department on June 15 went unanswered. Letters to the Patiala SSP (June 6 and 12), Mohali SSP (June 17) and the Ludhiana (Rural) police (June 18) met the identical destiny.
Sources stated liquor from Punjab was allegedly smuggled to Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, amongst different states, which couldn’t have been attainable with out political patronage.
The latest spurious liquor tragedy in three Majha districts that killed greater than 120 individuals too is beneath the ED scanner.
The ED will proceed as per the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and summon all accused, stated sources.