Recently one of our acquaintances faced a serious problem due to collusion between his past rival, a Media Moghal who used a higher official of Excise Deptt to act against the said person. They used print media to defame him. He had lot of activities among public and social sector. The plan was to arrest and put him into jail. On account of continuous publicity, the anticipatory bail was refused in Sessions Court as well as in High Court.
The said person described his problem to us. We prepared an exhaustive legal notice against the said excise official and the excise deptt claiming loss and damages of Rs. 1226 crores. It had a salutary effect. The adverse media publicity immediately stopped. The said excise official was transferred. Now at proper time, damage suit for the said amount of Rs. 1226 crores will be filed against the excise deptt.
We have now got few cases of atrocity committed by the Excise officials. In one of the cases, they harassed a SSI owner and their employees by conducting illegal investigations for 2 days daily from 2:30 PM to 4 AM in the night and they illegally sealed the factory. Even after 2 months of investigation, when they could not find any incrimination document, they desealed the factory after 2 months. For all the wrong doings of the excise officials, we have sent a legal notice claiming loss and damages of Rs. 138 lacs.
Few more persons who have harassed and tortured by the excise officials have approached us and it may that few more notice for claiming loss and damages will have to be sent to the excise deptt.
Perhaps for the first time in the country excise deptt is going to face such damage cases.
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Author:(An Associate at www.drtsolutions.com)
Narendra Sharma, Consultant (Legal)