NEW DELHI: The uproar over liquor licence distribution reached a fevered pitch on Saturday.
Delhi deputy chief minister Chief Minister Manish Sisodia demanded an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the previous LG office for allegedly stalling file related to giving licenses to liquor vendors in unauthorized colonies under the new excise policy.
The Delhi government incurred losses to the tune of thousands of crores as the liquor vendors managed to open their shops in authorized colonies and made a roaring business, said Sisodia, while holding a press conference at his residence.
Excise Policy 2021-22 को कई बार ध्यान से पढ़कर, अपने सुझाव देकर और मंजूर करने के बावजूद, LG office ने शराब की दुकानें खुलने के ठीक 2 दिन पहले अपना फैसला बदला।
इससे दिल्ली सरकार को हज़ारों करोड़ो का नुकसान हुआ और चंद दुकानों को हजारों करोड़ो का फायदा पहुंचाया गया।
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) August 6, 2022
The government couldn’t get license fees from the vendors in unauthorized areas, he underlined.
“Over 300 shops were supposed to be opened in unauthorized colonies but could not because the then LG office stalled the file stating that the MCD and DDA can only give clearance to it. I don’t understand why LG changed his decision just 48 hours before the implementation of the new excise policy.”
Sisodia said in the past, the LG had cleared the file for unauthorized colonies as well.
“Did the LG office want to benefit some liquor vendors?” asked the AAP leader.
“I have made a detailed report and submitted it to the CBI. We want a proper inquiry into this,” he demanded.
The development comes weeks after the present LG VK Saxena raised objection to Delhi government’s new excise policy, recommending CBI inquiry into the distribution of licence. The government has already decided to revoke the policy with the implementation of the old one from September 1.