New Delhi: – Five policemen were suspended after they were found taking bribes from the truck drivers in Delhi in the name of newly implemented GST (Goods and Services Tax). The departmental action has been initiated against the accused cops, who were heard to be taking bribes from the last three days. The cops were allegedly found stopping truck drivers on the border of Delhi and coercing money from them by asking them to prove if the GST was paid on the goods they were carrying.
Traders from various states have brought this forward since the roll out of GST from 1st July that the commercial vehicles are being stopped by the traffic policemen, who are demanding the GST receipts and bills as an excuse to seek money from the drivers. The five policemen caught (including a sub inspector) were allegedly charging an entry fee from the commercial vehicles by making an attempt to check if the GST bill was paid.
Narendra Singh Bundela, the joint commissioner of traffic police confirmed that no traffic policeman was authorised now to check the GST Receipts. He has requested people to come forward and bring out these incidents so that they can keep a check. He has asked people to reach the police through helpline numbers, emails, and social media. Simultaneously the DCP of all the states has been instructed to make surprise checks and review the situation as multiple incidents have been reported. An advisory committee is also expected soon that would direct the entire department across India and hence ensure that no police personnel engages in any kind of verification of invoices or receipts of GST.