The Hush Post: The Delhi government has banned the sale of Smirnoff vodka and scotch whiskey Vat 69.
The action was reportedly taken over the use of duplicate barcodes. This means that they will not be sold in Delhi. The ban will be in force for a period of two years. This means that the liquor shops in Delhi will not sell these brands for two years.
This ban comes in the wake of an order issued by the financial commissioner of the Delhi government. It states that the manufacturer of the liquor, United Spirits Limited (USL), has been blacklisted for using duplicate barcodes.
Initially, the ban was ordered in May 2017 but was challenged by the company. The matter, since then, was being heard by the Excise Department of Delhi government.
Meanwhile, the financial commissioner in a September 14 order accused the USL of violating provisions of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009 and Delhi Excise Rules, 2010.
It said that the manufacturer used unauthorised and loose barcodes, which could be easily misused.
“I am of the view that the appellant violated provisions of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009, Delhi Excise Rules, 2010, the terms and conditions of the license issued to it and the standard operating procedure framed by the Delhi Excise Department. Consequently, the department has rightly imposed the penalty of blacklisting under Rule 70 of the Delhi Excise Rules, 2010 upon United Spirits LTD (USL), Aurangabad,” the financial commissioner said in the order.
The excise department has blacklisted USL’s, Aurangabad, and its additional source, Sangrur, Punjab, it further read.