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Liquor Licence: Sisodia For CBI Probe Against Ex-LG

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By: Alok Singh
Updated: August 6, 2022 14:58
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia addressed media persons in New Delhi on Saturday. (TNI photo/Sumit Kumar)
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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.

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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.

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