Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Vigilance Bureau exposes tax evasion worth crores of rupees by transporter firms during transportation of goods

• Transport company owner’s son, three drivers and agent arrested

• Transport company’s owners, drivers and passers along with tax department officers/officials named co-accused in tax evasion case

Chandigarh : The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB), during its anti-corruption campaign, has exposed a big scam of tax evasion worth crores of rupees pertaining to transportation of interstate commercial goods without bills and paying any taxes by the transporters and passers through the neighboring state of Haryana and Delhi in connivance with officers/officials of the Taxation and Excise Department Punjab causing a huge loss to state exchequer. 

 In this regard, a case has been registered against the owners of the Delhi Malwa Transport Company, his son, three drivers, one passer (agent), along with the officers/officials of the Punjab Taxation department. Taking swift action in this case the son of the owner of the transport company, three drivers and one agent (passer) has been arrested by the VB Bathinda unit.

 Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of Punjab Vigilance Bureau said that on the basis of reliable information, the Bureau has formed three teams that searched the suspicious vehicles carrying commercial goods at Bathinda, during which it was found that some of the goods loaded in three vehicles were being brought in the Punjab without bills and taxes. After the preliminary investigation, a case has been registered related to this scam under sections 7, 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and under section 420, 120-B of IPC at VB police station, at Bathinda. 

 Giving more details, he added that in this case, the son of the owner of the transport company, Mandeep Singh, resident of Jujhar Nagar, Bathinda, driver Sanjay Kumar, of village Kaveli, district Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, driver Gurdas Singh, village Balaharvinjhu, district Bathinda, driver Jagsir Singh, village Sikanderpur Ther, district Sirsa have been arrested while the owner of the said company, Jagsir Singh, of Jujhar Nagar, Bathinda, absconding and would be arrested soon and more revelations would come out about this scam.

 The spokesperson further informed that during the investigation of this case, the the role of concerned officers/employees of the State Taxation department regarding misuse of their official positions and to facilitate in evasion of government taxes by obtaining bribes from transporters and passers, would also be probed.

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