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Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia writes to CBI over former LG’s stands on liquor policy

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday mentioned he has written to the CBI to probe the altering stands of former LG Anil Baijal on opening of liquor retailers in unauthorized colonies within the capital metropolis.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday mentioned he has written to the CBI to probe the altering stands of former LG Anil Baijal on opening of liquor retailers in unauthorized colonies within the capital metropolis.

Sisodia alleged: “Why was the decision changed 48 hours before all the liquor shops were set to open in last November? Which shopkeepers got benefitted and under whose pressure LG reversed his decision, all these should be answered”. Due to the previous LG’s sudden change of determination, round 300-350 retailers didn’t open. Those that had been taking this determination, ought to be investigated, Sisodia alleged in a press convention.

“I have written to the CBI to probe ex-LG’s change of stance on opening of liquor shops in unauthorized areas,” he mentioned.

The Deputy CM mentioned that the AAP authorities had handed the brand new excise coverage in May 2021, in keeping with which the variety of retailers in the entire of Delhi was to be 849 because it had been earlier.

“But in the policy, the liquor shops were not equally distributed so, we put special emphasis on the equal distribution of the liquor stores in each wards”, he mentioned.

Sisodia mentioned that when the file was despatched to former LG Baijal, he recommended many issues which had been thought-about and later the file was once more despatched to him in June final 12 months and he authorized. The brand new coverage emphasised that if the liquor retailers had been divided equally, there could be 2-3 retailers in every ward, he mentioned.

He additional alleged that the previous LG did not make any objection concerning the opening of liquor retailers within the unauthorized space when the file was despatched to him. However, when the file of opening the retailers was despatched to him through the first week of November, he all of the sudden modified his stand.

The retailers had been scheduled to open from November 17, however LG put a situation on November 15 that DDA’s approval is required to open retailers in unauthorized areas. Whereas earlier than this, LG had been approving the opening of retailers there, he alleged.

Underneath the previous coverage, even the place there have been retailers in unauthorized areas which additionally didn’t open. After that the distributors went to court docket and the court docket ordered the federal government to return their license charge, attributable to which the federal government suffered the lack of 1000’s of crores of rupees.

“This happened because the LG changed his stand without consulting the government and the cabinet. This deliberately benefited some shopkeepers. That’s why we are sending it to CBI”, mentioned Sisodia.

“This current policy has benefitted more as compared to the previous years, but had the LG not changed the decision, it would have been more beneficial. this happened this time should be answered”, the Deputy CM requested.

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