The UT Excise and Taxation Department on Monday issued show cause notices to 10 restaurants and liquor vends for violating the excise policy. Included are JW Marriott, restaurants and lounges at Sector 26, and other liquor vends. The violations include selling liquor sans holograms, not maintaining stock of liquor, holding private parties without approval from the department and allowing private liquor on hotel premises.
As per Rakesh Popli, Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner, violators were asked to submit their reply by August 2.
During an inspection at JW Marriott Chandigarh, the department seized 34 bottles of foreign liquor without holograms.
According to the excise policy, “In case of non-maintaining the minimum retail sale price by the retail sale, Rs 1 lakh as penalty will be imposed by the competent authority for the first time and Rs 2 lakh for the second time. Thereafter, if any violation of non-maintenance of minimum retail sale price is detected, the retail sale license of that licensing unit will automatically be suspended on detection of breach for the day of detection and two days following it.”
On July 23, the department charged a penalty of Rs 3 lakh from two liquor vends on account of excise policy violation. Jubilee Beverages Limited, Maloya, was fined Rs 2 lakh for undercutting and selling liquor without holograms. Likewise, Pradeep Kumar, who runs a liquor vend in Mauli Jagran, was fined Rs 1 lakh.
News Source: Times Of India
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