UT deputy commissioner suspends 3 excises. UT deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi has suspended three excise and taxation inspectors for dereliction of duty.
Joshi, who holds the charge of excise and taxation commissioner, has also marked an inquiry to additional commissioner Rakesh Kumar Popli. Inspectors Ravi Kumar and Sukhdev Singh were suspended after Haryana Police booked two Industrial Area distilleries.Police had seized three trucks of the two companies supplying liquor worth Rs1.5 crore in Sonepat. Meanwhile, inspector Pratap Singh was suspended after he was found responsible for discrepancies in the records of another Industrial Area firm, Maurya Distillery.
A senior department official said the action was taken against the three inspectors as they were not performing their duties honestly. “A report will be submitted next week and action will be initiated accordingly,” he said. The department officials claim the pendency is owing to an acute staff shortage. In a letter to the Union ministry of home affairs, the department has sought approval for filling 82 vacancies.
The department executes the Punjab Value Added Tax Act, 2005, as extended to Chandigarh; the Central Sales Tax, 1956; the Motor Spirit Taxation Act; Passengers and Goods Act; Entertainment and Show Tax Act and the Punjab Excise Act, 1914.
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