Contractor arrested in connection with Rs 42-crore excise scam in Madhya Pradesh

By: |
New Delhi | Updated: February 9, 2019 2:52:00 AM

The contractor was carrying a reward of Rs 20,000 on information leading to his arrest. Singh said that Shrivastava had secured the contract of a liquor shop in Indore's MG Road area in lieu of Rs 7.30 crore during financial year 2016-17.

Madhya Pradesh, Contractor, Lucknow, Vijay Kumar Shrivastav, excise scam, scams in india, scams in bjp, scams in congress

The anti-corruption squad arrested a contractor allegedly involved in a Rs 42-crore scam in the Madhya Pradesh Excise Department, police said. Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Amrendra Singh told reporters here that on a tip-off, contractor Vijay Kumar Shrivastav (49) was arrested from Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow.

The contractor was carrying a reward of Rs 20,000 on information leading to his arrest. Singh said that Shrivastava had secured the contract of a liquor shop in Indore’s MG Road area in lieu of Rs 7.30 crore during financial year 2016-17.

READ ALSO | Airtel DTH customer alert! Watch India versus New Zealand T20 match on Star Sports for free

But he did not deposit this amount. He said, “The liquor contractor deposited fake bank challans to the excise department against the payment of this amount, which led to loss to the state exchequer.”

The officer said that the police have been investigating 16 liquor contracts given by the Excise Department. So far, 12 people, including Shrivastava, have been arrested and some of the accused are still on the run.

Follow financialexpress.com for all news and analysis on the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Check Lok Sabha election 2019 schedule, Lok Sabha Constituency Details and updates on campaigning by Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter.

Switch to Hindi Edition