Plea challenges move to reduce legal drinking age in Delhi
New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Wednesday sought the response of the Delhi government on a plea challenging a provision in the new excise policy, claiming that it seeks to reduce the age of consumption of liquor from 25 to 21.
A bench of chief justice DN Patel and justice Jyoti Singh issued the notice and asked the Delhi government to file reply to the petition which also sought to quash a provision in the new excise policy which mandates only private liquor vends will be able to sell alcohol in Delhi.
The court listed the plea for further hearing on September 17.
The plea by NGO All India Bhrashtachar Virodhi Morcha said a lot of people feel that reducing the age of consumption of liquor will increase alcoholism among students and the younger generation, and lead to other consequent problems. It added that the decision to close government vends is not in public interest.