Liquor shops of 2 MLAs among 9 fined

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Oct 05, 2014 00:28 IST

The excise and taxation department has fined nine liquor vends in the district for remaining open on October 2, a notified dry day.

Apart from that, the department has also issued show-cause notice to excise inspectors Amandeep Singh and Sonia Gupta in this connection.

According to the excise policy of Punjab, Republic Day, Independence Day and birth anniversary of Mahtma Gandhi have been declared as notified dry days.

Despite this, the liquor vends started their business as usual in the morning and some residents apprised the additional excise and taxation commissioner Lajpal Jakhar about this.

"The stores were open in the morning hours and as soon we got information, I directed excise inspector Sumit Sharma to raid the vends and close them. A total of nine vends were found flouting the norms," said Jakhar.

He added that all vends were closed by 8am and challaned under the excise Act and each of the vends was fined Rs 50,000, he added.

He said two inspectors had been issued showcause notice and they have been asked to reply within seven days.

It was worth mentioning that some of the vends belong to Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Deep Malhotra and Congress MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon, besides other businessmen, including Mangat Ria and Ashok Singla.

To avoid the competition, the liquor traders in Patiala had made a syndicate and are charging exorbitant rates. Even beer, which used to sell at Rs 100, now costs Rs 160 to consumers. There was no provision in the excise policy under which the department can fix the maximum retail price.

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