Govt to initiate probe in illegal issuance of liquor licenses

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JAMMU, Apr 10 (Agencies): The Excise Commissioner J&K ordered an enquiry into illegal issuance and renewal of liquor licenses.
Excise Commissioner J&K Rajesh Kumar Shavan during the routine scrutiny of records of the Excise Department found that several licensees have transferred the licenses in blatant violation of the J&K Excise Act, 1958 and Liquor Licensing and Sale Rules, 1984 and the subsequent terms and conditions of the licenses.
In certain cases it has been found that the multiple licenses have been managed by the liquor mafia in blatant violation of the provisions of the J&K Excise Act by running proxy as a result of which not only loss of crores of rupees is being caused to the Government exchequer.
Taking serious note of all these illegalities, the Excise Commissioner has ordered detailed enquiry in order to set right the records on one hand and to find out the delinquent officials on the other hand.
As per the Order No.02 dated April 8, 2020, the Deputy Excise Commissioner (Executive) Jammu has been directed to inventorize all files of each licensee category-wise viz manufacturers, bottlers, shops, bar with restaurants and bar with hotels/banquets etc.
He has further been asked to make a detailed list of the defaulters who have violated the terms and conditions of the licenses and also enlist separately the convicted licensees, if any, for any offence either under the Excise Act or any other law.
The Deputy Excise Commissioner (Executive) has been directed to complete the exercise in the shortest possible time-frame so that action as per the provisions of the Excise Act is taken against the liquor mafia.

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