The state excise department has ordered an inquiry into the March 30 Juhu drink driving case to ascertain whether the Bandra-based Royalty Club had violated excise norms. If found guilty, the licence of the club may be cancelled, said N Mudiraj, superintendent, state excise department, western suburbs.
According to the police, the club served alcohol to the six youngsters involved in the accident without checking their permits or age proofs. A case has been registered against it under Section 83 of the Bombay Prohibition Act.
“We have ordered an inquiry to determine whether the youngsters visited the Royalty Club, whether they consumed alcohol there, whether they had valid permits to do so, and whether the club checked their permits. A report should be ready by Friday,” said Mudiraj.
The club has provisions to provide daily permits for alcohol consumption, provided customers fall in the permissible age group he said. The statewide permissible consumption age is 21 years for beer and 25 for hard liquor.
Mudiraj said the inquiry is being headed by the assistant commissioner of the state excise department (Bandra division), Kamlakar Bhagwat and senior inspector for the department (Bandra), TB Pol.
“We should be able to interrogate the club authorities on Thursday,” said senior inspector of Santacruz police station, Madhukar Chowdhary.