Senior official held for serving alcohol in yacht

An executive director and three employees of a boating company were on Monday produced in court under the Bombay Prohibition Act,for allegedly organising a wine-and-cheese party aboard a speed boat,without licence from the State Excise Department.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 8, 2012 2:22:10 am

An executive director and three employees of a boating company were on Monday produced in court under the Bombay Prohibition Act,for allegedly organising a wine-and-cheese party aboard a speed boat,without licence from the State Excise Department. They were granted bail on a bond of Rs 10,000 each.

Gautam Dutta,executive director of Marine Solutions and an Asian medallist was arrested on Sunday evening by the State Excise Department for allegedly having evaded paying the licence fee amount and procuring permission under the ‘one day provision’ for serving liquor in a confined space.

Under the Bombay Prohibition Act,any commercial consumption of liquor in confined places requires the person to procure a licence from the Excise Department.

On Sunday afternoon,the Excise Department was informed about a private party aboard the speed boat Belvedere. The speed boat which was stopped around Jetty No 5,had a family along with members of the Marine Solutions on board. On further probe,it figured that the family were winners of a contest arranged at the Bombay International School,sponsored by Marine Solutions where the winners would be taken on the high seas in a speed boat on a ‘wine-and-cheese party’,according to the investigating officer.

Dutta’s company which has the annual maintenance contract for the speed boat had taken permission from the owners of the company for the free ride. The officers found few bottles of Indian wine and Beer. “The matter is not about the quantity but it is about rules and they need to be followed. It is a very simple licence and you get it in time. Besides this was in a yacht,which comes under the Bombay Prohibition Act,” said the investigating officer.

The Excise department had impounded the speed boat and arrested Dutta,besides three employees, the captain of the boat,a caretaker and a sales professional of the company. The matter is now under probe.

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