The Customs department has registered two cases against the Kerala government for allegedly accepting consignments of Quran and 18,000 kg of dates imported by the UAE consulate officials for their personal use through diplomatic channels, officials informed on Friday.
The Customs said that "some powerful persons" in the state government had accepted those items as "gifts for distribution at certain places" and will have to be questioned for clarification in the case
It added that the state government accepted those items for personal use by availing tax exemption certificate.
"There were clear cases of violation of Customs Act, Money Laundering Act, and Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) as the state government accepted those items brought by the diplomats for their personal use by availing tax exemption certificate," an official statement read.
"The state government officials very well know that they were forbidden from taking anything from the foreign government. State Protocol Department under General Administration had granted tax exemption to the UAE consulate to import 18,000 kgs of dates in 2017 and over 4,000 kg baggage containing Quran in 2020 for the personal use of the officials of UAE," it added.
( With inputs from ANI )
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