RS.12 CRORE WORTH ARECANUT SEIZED IN TUMKUR BY ENFORCEMENT
WING OF COMMERCIAL TAXES DEPARTMENT
Bengaluru. In a surprise raid conducted in Tumkur on 19.12.2018 by the Commercial Taxes Department of Karnataka, the officers of South Zone Enforcement wing have found huge quantity of Arecanut stored in the godowns without valid documents. For the violation of storing the goods without valid documents, authorities have collected tax and penalty of Rs.72 lakhs on the spot and sealed one godown.
On specific information, the team of officers lead by Sri. Nitesh Patil, IAS, Additional Commissioner of Commercial Taxes (Enforcement), South Zone, Bengaluru have raided the godowns at the Antharasanahalli Industrial Area at Tumkur and found that, 4670 Quintals of Arecanut worth of about Rs.12 Crore was stored in two gowdowns without any valid documents. In the said godowns, the name boards were not displayed and initially the workers and owners resisted the officers to enter the godown stating that, the godown is a rice mill and paddy is stored inside. However, the officers have entered the premises with valid authorization to search the godowns and the team was surprised to see huge quantity of Arecanut stored inside without valid documents. Hence the officers have sealed one godown and investigation is in progress.
The total tax and penalty involved is around Rs.l.2 Crore and the officers have already collected tax and penalty of Rs.72 lakhs so far and further investigation is in progress.
Since large quantity of high quality Areca is grown in and around Tumkur, Shimoga, Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada and other districts of Karnataka, the dealers are purchasing, transporting and storing the goods without valid documents and the same is supplied to parts of India. It is hereby informed that any transaction carried out without proper documents will be viewed seriously and stringent action will be initiated against the dealers indulging in activities of tax evasion.
Citizens are requested to provide any such information to the departmental Enforcement Authorities about those who are indulging in tax frauds, tax evasion by carrying the goods or storage of goods without valid documents so as to take severe action against them.