A DAY after he ordered the suspension of the licence of a liquor shop in Mayur Vihar Phase II following a late evening raid, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia directed the excise department to start a special inspection drive to ensure that liquor shops and department stores in the capital abide by their licence (L-12) conditions.
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In directions given to the department, Sisodia wrote that during his Monday raid, he found two liquor shops functioning with just one licence in the DDA market in Mayur Vihar Phase II.
“A cursory glance around the area reflects conversion of the entire adjoining areas as open bar by miscreants in active collusion with…probably department officials and other law-enforcing agencies. The adjacent shops sell namkeen, chips, soda, water and also provide glasses which are used by miscreants for consumption of liquor in public places,” Sisodia wrote to the excise commissioner.
He stated that a ‘so-called departmental store’ in Mayur Vihar Phase II was provided the licence to sell other items in 85 per cent of its business premises, while the sale of liquor was permitted in 15 per cent carpet area, under the licensing conditions. However, when a team of excise officials led by Sisodia visited the store on Monday, they found that liquor was being sold in 90 per cent of the carpet area.
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“The bottle chiller was used to supply chilled beer and other liquor which can be readily consumed by miscreants in the same area, making threat to public peace and putting the safety of women in peril,” Sisodia wrote.
“The situation is alarming and it is not acceptable to the elected government of NCT (National Capital Territory) of Delhi. We must take all effective measures to enforce the law of the land which prohibits consumption of liquor in public places,” he wrote.
Sisodia has asked the excise department to submit its inspection drive report to him in a week.