The Yogi government on Saturday took a major step towards the theft of Rs 100 crore tax and excise duty at the Tapri Cooperative Distillery in Saharanpur with officials and excise department employees. On the one hand, the investigation into the case has been handed over to the SIT, on the other hand the deputy excise commissioner of the Saharanpur division, Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi, assistant excise commissioner Rampal, and ten officers and employees of the excise department have been suspended. In addition, the license to supply domestic liquor from five districts, including Saharanpur, has been suspended.
Additional Chief Secretary Abkari Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy informed that 10 staff of the Excise Department have been suspended in this case. Also, an FIR has been lodged against all the people involved in the tapri distillery. In addition, the license for the wholesale distribution of domestic liquor to Saharanpur, Kanpur, Unnao, Badan and Sambal has been revoked.
Assistant Excise Commissioner in charge of Tapari Distillery
– Excise Inspector of four Excise Warehouses including Excise Inspector
– Arvind Kumar Verma, Excise Inspector of Saharanpur, Ravindra Kishore of Unnao, Ramjeet of Badoun, Pawan Kumar Sharma of Sambal and Jyoti Singh, Excise Inspector of Kanpur
STF is busting
On March 3, at the behest of ADG Amitabh Yash, the STF team has largely avoided tax and excise duty in accordance with excise department officials and employees appointed by Co-operative Company Limited Tapri Saharanpur. Eight people have been arrested in a STF attack on March 3 by local excise dealers and co-operative factory Tapri.
STF Co-operative Company Limited raided Tapri and extensively interrogated over a dozen officers-employees, transporters and local distributors of the company in custody. Based on the information received from them, when the Excise Department raided the warehouse on Kanpur-Lucknow Road, massive irregularities emerged.
A preliminary investigation revealed that alcohol was being transported to the same warehouse twice on a tax invoice or at the gate. Due to this, about Rs 32 lakh of tax fraud has been committed by the Co-operative Company Limited, Tapriya officials, employees and local excise dealers.