7 eateries, bars in Chandigarh challaned for serving liquor to underage customers
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7 eateries, bars in Chandigarh challaned for serving liquor to underage customers

Under the Punjab Intoxicants Licence and Sales Orders 1956, a licensee shall not sell liquor to any person below the age of 25 years. Violators can be prosecuted and their licence can be suspended.

punjab Updated: Aug 30, 2018 10:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The seven establishments challaned are Purple Frog, Ministry of Bar Exchange, TGI Friday, The Great Beer, Barbeque Nation and Playground in Sector 26 and Sultan in Sector 7, Chandigarh.(HT Photo)

The Chandigarh excise and taxation department challaned seven eateries and bars for serving liquor to customers below the age of 25, during a drive in Sectors 7 and 26 — a popular watering hole of Chandigarh — on Tuesday night.

The seven establishments are Purple Frog, Ministry of Bar Exchange, TGI Friday, The Great Beer, Barbeque Nation and Playground in Sector 26 and Sultan in Sector 7.

Under the Punjab Intoxicants Licence and Sales Orders 1956, a licensee shall not sell liquor to any person below the age of 25 years. Violators can be prosecuted and their licence can be suspended. The same age limit has been adopted by Chandigarh excise and taxation department.

Chandigarh assistant excise and taxation commissioner RK Chaudhary said: “Our teams conducted checking at various establishments on Tuesday night. On checking the identity cards of customers, it was found that most of them were below 25 years of age.”

Chaudhary said even the bar and pub owners are not asking for the identity cards of customers to check for their age.

“We will also ensure that all bars display the rules and seek ID from the customers,” he said, adding that the department has not calculated the fine yet. “We will impose it in a day or two.”

Meanwhile, Amritanshu, owner of The Great Beer, said: “I am not aware of the violation. I will look into the matter and take action against the erring staff members. We have already instructed them not to serve liquor without checking the identity cards of customers.”

‘Extra vigil ahead of student polls’

An excise official said the department is keeping extra vigil in view of the upcoming student council elections at Panjab University. Various student outfits organise parties at nightclubs to woo voters, as has been the trend in the past years. Free flow of liquor takes place at such parties, even as the attending students are underage.

The Chandigarh administration has warned all liquor vends, hotels, clubs, bars and pubs in the city against selling and serving alcohol to “underage” customers, saying non-compliance would attract strict action including cancellation of licence.

Chaudhary said the drive will continue and if the commercial establishments are found violating the rules three times, their licence will be cancelled.

Earlier on August 20, the department had fined a restaurant in Sector 26 for selling a mug of liquor free with another, in violation of excise rules that set minimum selling price for each alcoholic product. The department also imposed a penalty of Rs1 lakh each on four liquor vends in Sectors 41, 42, 26 and 28 for selling liquor without the mandatory hologram and not issuing bills to the customers. In case of liquor vends, the fine is doubled to Rs 2 lakh for second offence and the vend is sealed on third offence.

What the rules say

Under the Punjab Intoxicants Licence and Sales Orders 1956, a licensee shall not sell liquor to any person below the age of 25 years. Violators can be prosecuted and their licence can be suspended. The same age limit has been adopted by the Chandigarh excise and taxation department.

According to assistantexcise and taxation commissioner RK Chaudhary, the erring pubs and eateries are fined for the first two offences. The third offence leads to licence cancellation. The fine is calculated on the basis of different parameters.

First Published: Aug 30, 2018 10:55 IST