Par­tap Ba­jwa seeks probe into liquor smug­gling, rev­enue loss

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T -

CHANDIGARH: Congress MP Par­tap Singh Ba­jwa on Tues­day de­manded a probe by a cen­tral agency into the ram­pant liquor smug­gling and loss of ex­cise rev­enue in Pun­jab.

In a se­ries of tweets, Ba­jwa said the liquor mafia was grow­ing in the state and it was time to al­low a cen­tral agency or a sit­ting judge who is in­de­pen­dent of the govern­ment of Pun­jab to in­ves­ti­gate this im­me­di­ately. The Ra­jya Sabha MP said the pro­vi­sional ac­counts of the state govern­ment showed that the ex­cise depart­ment missed its rev­enue targets in the last three years of the Congress govern­ment and by a larger amount each year.

“These losses must have arisen due to the il­le­gal smug­gling of liquor across state bound­aries by dis­til­leries to evade ex­cise taxes with the help of dept of­fi­cials,” he tweeted, re­fer­ring to cases reg­is­tered un­der the Ex­cise Act dur­ing the cur­few pe­riod.

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