Supreme Court New Excise Policy of Delhi Government (Delhi Govt new excise policy) Has refused to interfere with the wholesale licensing regulations. The Supreme Court has asked to go to the Delhi High Court regarding the matter. The court said that the Delhi High Court will hear the matter. (Delhi High Court) In such a situation, the Supreme Court will not interfere in the matter. The Supreme Court said that till the decision comes, the High Court should also file a stay on the new policy and the High Court should consider it according to the law. In fact, a private wholesaler of liquor had moved the SC demanding a stay on the L1 license rule of the new excise policy.
The petitioner sought a stay on the rule that the L1 license would be granted only to those entities who have five years of wholesale distribution experience in any one state of India. And whose annual turnover is Rs 250 crores every year in the last three years. Under the new excise policy, private liquor shops will start functioning from November 17.
The matter came up for hearing before the bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice CT Ravikumar. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Delhi government’s lawyer Santosh Tripathi appeared for the Delhi government. As per the new excise policy of the Delhi government, which was issued on September 10, strict conditions have been recommended for the issuance of L1 licences.
Private liquor shops will start functioning from November 17 under the 2021-22 Excise Policy. Then all the existing government liquor shops will be closed permanently. Petitioner Anita Choudhary had initially moved the Delhi High Court seeking a stay on the new rules for wholesalers, but after repeatedly adjourning her case, she moved the Supreme Court.
The petition said that the High Court has listed the matter for hearing on November 18, while the new rules will come into force from November 17 and his petition will become infructuous. The petition states that the petitioner has an experience of more than 3 years in the wholesale and distribution of liquor. The new rules on the requirement of 5 years prior experience are outside the purview of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009 and it is illegal for the government to add new rules like this.