Excise and taxation department raided an exhibition 'Celebrating Vivah' going on at a hotel in Ludhiana on Friday, and found that three stalls set up at the exhibition did not have any permission from the department.
Excise and taxation officer Manjit Kaur and assistant excise and taxation commissioner (AETC) Rajwinder Kaur raided the exhibition and asked the organiser to deposit a security amount of Rs 25,000 with the department.
Manjit Kaur said the exhibitor had sought the permission for setting up 22 stalls at a hotel in Ludhiana, but a total of 25 stalls were put at the exhibition flouting norms.
Different articles including garments, jewellery among others have been displayed at the exhibition. Any organiser from outside the state has to take prior permission from excise department and have to provide details of the total number of stalls at the exhibition.
Of the three stalls, one belongs to a city-based fashion designer and two New Delhi-based designers. After initial reluctance to show the bill books and other documents to the excise department officials, the organisers showed the documents.
The sources said, “A security deposit of Rs 25,000 has been deposited by the organiser. Further, the department will check the amount of sale on the last day of the exhibition and penalty will be imposed in accordance with the amount collected.”
This three-day exhibition that commenced on September 5 will conclude on September 7.