Hisar (Haryana): Naveen Kumar, a resident of Bhagat Singh Nagar here, bought sand worth Rs 2,362 from a vendor in Yamunagar on November 16 for the construction of a room in his house.
He got the sand loaded in a pickup and got seated by the side of the driver, who was also the owner of the vehicle. When they were driving towards Ladwa, they were stopped by sales tax personnel of the state government., who demanded documents from Naveen.
‘We will seize the vehicle’
He showed them the receipt, which said that he had also paid GST on the purchase. However, the officials said that he was illegally transporting sand and declared that he would have to pay a fine of Rs 25,000. They also threatened to seize the vehicle. The vehicle owner, meanwhile, told Naveen Kumar that if the vehicle is seized, he would have to pay Rs 5,000 per day till it is released.
Naveen pleaded with the officials, who agreed to reduce the penalty to Rs 18,150 and let the vehicle go. Naveen paid the amount and they also issued a receipt to him.
After coming home, he enquired from others and was shocked to discover that he had been fined under the PGT (Passengers and Goods Tax) Act, which had been repealed after the imposition of GST! Even under the GST Act, no penalty can be charged in cash. Instead a unique ID is provided to the violator, who pays the penalty through RTGS.
If this is not daylight robbery, what is?
(Story: Vaibhav Sharma)