Detained for not possessing liqour permits,woman let off

Preeti Chandrayani was let off against provisional cash bail of Rs 15,000.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:June 23, 2012 1:53 am

The Girgaum Magistrate court on Friday granted bail to a woman who was detained by the State Excise Department for not possessing alcohol permit required by chocolate manufacturers.

Preeti Chandrayani (53),was on Thursday detained for possessing around 20 bottles of alcohol without permit. She was let off against provisional cash bail of Rs 15,000. Chandrayani,however,insisted it was her hobby and not a business. She was arrested under Bombay Prohibition Act norms that requires a person to possess license for liquor beyond permissible limits and manufacturing products,which use intoxicants.

While Chandrayani has pleaded that the chocolates were for self-consumption,and a cultivated hobby,excise officials claim to have booked her on the basis of menu cards and tariff rates recovered from her premises.

A total of 20 liquor bottles of assorted variety were seized,for which as per law requires a person to possess a licence. A licence is for Rs 1,000 and gives access to possession of two units of liquor.

So rigid was the crackdown,that the team even walked away with the chocolate recipe booklets. While many tweets have surfaced slamming the raids and calling it yet another regressive step,excise department officials maintain that they have gone by the book.

“We found the quantity of liquor at her home in excess of the prescribed limit and we had information that she was using the liquor for making chocolates. The law states that a licence is needed for anything,which is above 750 ml in case of foreign liquor and anything above 2,600 ml for wine. The excess liquor was being used to make chocolates,which also comes in the category of intoxicants,said Mohan Wardhe,superintendent of excise,Mumbai city.

“The rule also states that along with excise,for any commercial business one needs to have a health certificate from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation,a permission license from Food and Drug Administration and license from State Excise department. She was selling on orders and that is the information we had. We have booked her for possession of liquor,which was used for commercial purpose under relevant sections of the Bombay Prohibition Act.”

Rave party: 44 test positive for drugs,face arrest

As many as 44 out of the 92 people rounded up during a high-profile rave party at a plush hotel in Juhu last month have tested positive for drugs,making their arrest inevitable,police said on Friday. “We have received samples for 46 of the 92 people who attended the party in Juhu last month. As many as 44 of 46 males tested positive,” said Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik,but refused to divulge names. The results of the other 46 people,including IPL cricketers Wayne Parnell and Rahul Sharma,have not been received.

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