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Police quiz accused in tax scam

Silchar, Aug. 19: Cachar police have questioned an accused in the multicrore-rupee excise tax evasion case here last night.

Rahul Kar, 43, who was on the radar of the police in the case for over a month, had obtained anticipatory bail from Gauhati High Court on Saturday. The police picked him up as soon as he alighted from a plane yesterday from Guwahati.

He has a shop selling India-made foreign liquor (IMFL) in Jiribam town in Cachar district. He allegedly evaded more Rs 11 crore in tax to the government in the past few years. His IMFL licence was cancelled by the office of the superintendent of excise a few days ago as he went underground after the scam came to light.

Another accused, Debottam Roy, 47, who allegedly evaded paying nearly Rs 8.25 crore excise tax arrears for the past few years, is absconding.

Cachar superintendent of police Diganta Bora said this morning that he was yet to receive the bail documents and added that the police would decide on its next course of action after going through the court judgment.

The government treasury and the local excise office unearthed the evasion of excise tax to the tune of Rs 19.55 lakh by different owners of IMFL shops in the district in July this year. However, he was allowed to go after Gauhati High Court granted him bail till September 3.