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Pan Parag maker under lens for excise evasion

A case has been registered against the Baroda manufacturing unit of Pan Parag India Ltd by excise department officials for the alleged evasion, official sources said on Tuesday.

The investigations found that the Baroda unit was producing pan masala instead of 'flavoured supari' on eight manufacturing machines. These machines were declared with the local excise office for use of flavoured supari only, they said.

The firm was allegedly evading excise duty on pan masala, which is higher as compared to flavoured supari, the sources said.

The government's tariff on pan masala is calculated through a compounded levy scheme. Excise duty is charged with respect to production capacity of a manufacturing machine and retail sale price of the product.

This unique modus operandi by wrongly declaring the end use of the machines meant for 'flavoured supari' to evade excise duty payment was found for the first time by the officials, they said.
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