Excise department is headed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, which also handles 17 other important departments including Home, Finance, Education, Health, Electricity, Public Works and Water. Former Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain is already in judicial custody in connection with the alleged money laundering case.
Sources claimed that the LG has received enough indications of “financial quid pro quo” at the top political level, adding that the excise minister “taken and executed major decisions in violation of statutory provisions” and notified the excise policy , which had “huge financials”. Meaning”.
“After the tenders were awarded, they also gave undue financial benefits to the liquor licensees and thus caused huge loss to the exchequer,” a source alleged.
Terming the matter as ‘fake’, the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal He said Sisodia is very honest and he, his ministers and MLAs have no fear of going to jail. The Delhi government came out with a new excise policy in November 2021, allowing private players to move away from the retail trade of liquor to offer discounts on Indian and foreign-made alcoholic beverages. Though the revised excise policy was expected to be announced in the new financial year, sources said the controversies surrounding the previous one have delayed the process. The government earned around Rs 7,000 crore by auctioning licenses to private companies to open 849 stores in the capital.
According to officials, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar in his report on July 8, 2022 flagged off seven “procedural lapses” in the implementation of the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22. As per reports, the Excise Department allowed a rebate of Rs. 144.36 Crore to Liquor Cartel on Tender License Fee due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
Sources claimed that the department also refunded the earnest money amounting to Rs 30 crore to the lowest bidder for the airport zone license after failing to obtain no-objection certificate from the authorities concerned.