KATHUA: Continuing with its drive to check pilferage of taxable goods into the state through the porous border adjoining Punjab closer to the minor check post, another attempt of clandestine import of cement was foiled by the sleuths of Commercial Taxes Department.
“On the intervening night of 11-12 April, 2016, a nakka had been laid at Kotpunnu by the team constituted under the supervision of DC, Commercial Taxes, Checkpost, Lakhanpur Puneet Sharma. The team saw the movement of the truck in the wee hours and acting swiftly, the vehicle was stopped and upon inspection it was found carrying 200 bags of cement without any valid documents/bills as envisaged under the J&K VAT Act, 2005,” DC Commercial Taxes, Lakhanpur said.
The vehicle bearing registration No: JK14C-1091 was brought to checkpost, Lakhanpur for disposal under rule. A penalty of Rs 78,600 was imposed and subsequently realized from the defaulter who has been identified as Sham Lal S/o Sulinder Singh R/o Haria Chak, Distt Kathua. The vehicle was then handed over to the toll authorities for appropriate action under Toll Act and a fine of Rs. 79,200 was also realized.
Deputy Commissioner, Puneet Sharma appreciated the efforts of the staff and exhorted upon them to work with more zeal and dedication and thwart each and every attempt of tax evasion.
Another attempt of tax evasion was thwarted at the Checkpost Lakhanpur during the intervening night of 14th and 15th April, 2016 by the officers/officials of the Commercial Taxes Checkpost, Lakhanpur by intercepting a vehicle bearing registration No: JK03E-5259 carrying non-taxable goods. During the physical check of the vehicle, it was found that the driver/in charge of the vehicle was clandestinely trying to import 2 Bhattis under the garb of non-taxable goods. The goods were seized and proceedings under the J&K VAT Act, 2005 read with J&K VAT Rules, 2005 were initiated against the driver/owner of the vehicle/incharge of the goods and a penalty of Rs. 52,000 was imposed and realized from the defaulter.