Gold and diamond jewellery worth nearly `52 lakh was seized by the mobile wing of the excise and taxation department early Saturday morning from a resident of Rajasthan, who was travelling in a bus in Phillaur. The accused, Raman Kumar, was going to deliver the ornaments to jewellers at Ludhiana and Jalandhar.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of the wing, led by excise and taxation officer Manjeet Singh, inspector Harbhajan Singh and their supporting staff, was following Kumar, who had changed many buses to give a slip to the police but was nabbed in Phillaur.
The diamond and gold jewellery, which includes gold rings, gold chains, necklaces, was hidden in small 12 card boxes.
Hardeep Kaur Bhawra, assistant excise and taxation commissioner and deputy director, investigation, (mobile wing), said Raman neither produced sale and purchase bills nor filed any electronic information collection (EIC) at the department's website to enable himself to carry these items in the state.
"After evaluation, the department imposed a penalty of nearly `26 lakh (51.1% of the total value of the seized jewellery)," said Bhawra.
She appealed to jewellers to inform the excise and taxation department before transporting such items to Punjab.
As per the excise and taxation laws of the state, any material worth more than `2 lakh being transported in the state by road, rail or by air, needed to be disclosed in advance to the excise department through the EIC available on its website.