High Court Seeks Response From Delhi Government On Plea Against New Excise Policy
The Delhi High Court on Thursday sought response from Delhi government on a fresh petition challenging the New Excise Policy 2021.
A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notice to Delhi government on the petition filed by Delhi Liquor Sales Association and listed the matter for further hearing on August 27.
In its petition, the sales association has claimed that the new policy is self-contradictory, self-destructive and ultra vires the Delhi Excise Act and the Constitution.
The petition filed through advocate Shailen Bhatia argued that the policy is anti-poor, anti-lower strata and against middle class members of the public of Delhi.
It also said the policy is against the interests of stakeholders, workers, consumers and public at large.
Arguing against the privatisation of the sector, the counsel apprehended that due to non-uniformity in liquor rates, there may also be trafficking of liquor.