The Excise Department today imposed a fine of Rs. 100 mn on a licensed liquor manufacturer in Hanwelle which had defrauded duty of Rs. 100 million. This is believed to be the largest ever excise fine in the country.
A Department official said that the manufacturer had officially shown a lesser stock of liquor to the department in order to reduce the tax amount despite a larger stock.
Accordingly, Rs. 50 million has been paid by the said manufacturer as fines. Two week period had been given to the manufacturer to pay the remaining fine.