Taking note of the six missing files of the Excise and Taxation (ET) Department of the district, the State Information Commission (SIC), Punjab, has asked the vigilance (mobile) wing of the department to intervene in the matter. The files pertain to irregularities in the department.
The SIC has also directed the ET officials to bring all the records with them during the next hearing of the case which is scheduled for November 6.
The SIC has sent copies of this order to the Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab; Financial Commissioner, Taxation, Punjab; and Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Punjab, Patiala, for necessary action with the directions that they must intervene in this matter if they wish to curb corruption allegedly prevailing in the Department of Excise and Taxation.
The order reads: “Baldeep Kaur, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Mohali; Simrandeep Singh Brar, Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO), Mohali; and Kulwinder Singh Chahal, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner (Mobile Wing); are directed to appear before the commission along with the relevant record on the next date of hearing and also with the documents, which would support the claims made by them in their respective submissions, made before the commission in today’s hearing. They are also directed to bring written replies to the queries raised by H S Hundal, the counsel for the complainant in hearing, if they desire so, on the next date of hearing.”
Hundal told Chandigarh Newsline that senior functionaries of the excise and taxation of the ET department were making lame excuses to deny information with the sole motive to “cover up” the blatant and heavy evasion of Value Added Tax (VAT) by a section of traders with the active patronage of some officials of the Excise and Taxation Department in the district.
One of the officers of the Excise and Taxation Department, Amrik Singh, had sought information under the Right to Information Act regarding the six missing files.
The files are said to contain information about some people who were evading VAT in connivance with some officials. The department was not providing the information to him following which he went in appeal to the State Information Commission .