- Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia accuses former Lt Governor
- Anil Baijal changed his stand on excise policy which caused loss to the government
- CBI to investigate why Baijal changed his stand
Delhi Liquor Policy: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday accused former Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal of changing his stand in the matter of opening liquor shops in unauthorized areas. He claimed that due to this his government had lost revenue of crores of rupees. Sisodia said in a press conference in Delhi that he has sent information related to this case to the CBI. Baijal did not immediately comment on the matter.
Government revenue loss due to change in Baijal’s stand
Sisodia said, “Under the new excise policy, 849 shops were to be opened all over Delhi including unauthorized areas. The then Lt Governor did not oppose the proposal and approved it.” He alleged that on November 15 last year, two days before the policy came into force, the then Lt Governor changed his stand and imposed a condition that liquor should be allowed in unauthorized areas. Permission will have to be taken from Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to open shops. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said, “Due to the change in the stand of the then Lt Governor, shops could not be opened in unauthorized areas, which resulted in loss of revenue of crores of rupees to the government. On the other hand, the shops that were opened earned a lot.
There should be a CBI inquiry into this decision of Baijal – Sisodia
Baijal was the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi when the new excise policy was formulated by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led government. This policy was implemented on 17 November 2021. The government has now withdrawn this policy and it is preparing to operate liquor shops under the old excise system through its undertakings from September 1. Sisodia said it should be investigated why Baijal changed his stand, which benefited some people and caused financial loss to the government.
He said that it should also be investigated whether the former governor took this decision under any pressure and whether the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has any connection with it. Current Lt Governor VK Saxena has recommended a CBI probe into alleged violation of norms and procedural lapses in the implementation of the Excise Policy 2021-22, under which licenses were issued to private companies for retail sale of liquor in 32 zones of the city. .
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