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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, September 24, 2013
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday stayed orders of commissioner excise and taxation, Chandigarh, issued on September 20 of suspension of L-2 liquor vends for seven days.

Issuing a notice of motion to the Chandigarh administration, the high court has directed it to file its reply.

The petition filed by one of the affected liquor vend owners, Rakesh Singla, came up for hearing before the court headed by justice Rajive Bhalla on Tuesday.

The petitioner has a liquor vend in Sector 40-C.

Arguring for the petitioner, advocate Vikram Jain submitted that the impugned order of suspension was discriminatory as on the same day, the excise and taxation commissioner had compounded similar irregularities of some liquor vends on payment of fine and no closure/suspension was ordered.

The court was informed that there was absolutely no justification for suspension of the license, especially when there was specific provision under the Excise Act for payment of fine for alleged irregularities.

The concerned authorities had found the liquor vends not maintaining any stock register, selling liquor below the minimum retail price, unapproved salesmen conducting sale at the vends and not maintaining the inspection note book.