Mockery of Inspector Raj back: Mamta

Mockery of Inspector Raj back: Mamta


Mockery of Inspector Raj back:


Kolkata: Taking strong exception to the introduction of GST in the present form, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, ' Freedom and democracy stand to face grave danger. ” In her Facebook Post, she said, ' Among other things is the rather draconian arrest clause, which can lead to major harassment of business, particularly the small and medium sector, with some sections even being non-bailable. ” ' At the stroke of midnight on August 14, 1947, India won her freedom. Now, at the midnight of June 30, 2017, freedom and democracy stand to face grave danger. The mockery of Inspector Raj is back, ' she opined. ' I am shocked to find that the GST rules contain a rather draconian arrest clause, which can lead to major harassment of business, particularly the small and medium, with some sections even being non-bailable too, ' she said. ' I would like to point out that under the current VAT regime, the field officials of the State do not have the power to arrest. If they feel there is a serious tax offence, they will have to file an FIR and pursue the due process of law. But in the case of GST, the Inspectors will have the power to arrest four different types of offences which can lead to jail from one year up to five years, ' she stated. ' West Bengal opposed this arrest clause in the GST Council but the Government of India did not pay any heed. In fact, in the name of GST, they have deviated in many areas from the original intent, ' Ms Banerjee said. ' Given the atmosphere in the country of vindictively targeting anyone who dares to disagree with the Central Government, I am deeply concerned that the arrest clause in GST may well be used to target business leaders who raise their voice of dissent on any policy matter or any practices, ' she asserted. ' I am afraid, from the midnight of June 30 will darkness loom large in the lives of entrepreneurs and common people ? ' she apprehended.

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