Sadar police recovered seven cases of liquor, allegedly being transported without valid documents, from the vehicle of a local BJP leader late on Monday. Efforts were on till Tuesday evening to hush up the matter but finally, a fine of Rs 1 lakh was imposed on one of the employees of the leader.
When a police patrolling party signalled a Tata Innova driver to stop near Shergarh by pass on Monday, he tried to flee. The police, however, chased the vehicle and brought it to a halt. The driver identified himself as an office bearer of the ruling party and claimed that the liquor belonged to a very senior local leader.
When the police cross checked the same with the said leader, he reportedly denied any connection. The BJP office bearer then changed his stance and claimed that he was a liquor contractor transporting the cases from one vend to another but he could not produce any valid document.
The seized liquor and the vehicle were brought to the police station and excise officials were informed. After much dilly dallying, a fine was imposed on Raju of Ajjowal village on Tuesday. Sadar station house officer Lakhvir Singh claimed that it was Raju from whose custody the liquor was seized.
The BJP leader came to the police station once he got to know about the incident, he added. Excise and taxation officer AS Kang said the department had proceeded as per the documents submitted by the police. However, the officials could not explain the delay in conducting proceedings.