In a relief to liquor manufacturers in Bihar, the Supreme Court has allowed a 2 months extension to dispose of their liquor stock. The Supreme Court has set the deadline of July 31 for disposing such stock left with liquor manufacturers in Bihar. It may be recalled that liquor manufacturers in Bihar have around Rs 200 crore worth of liquor stock lying with them. It is expected that they will have to move this stock to other states in order to dispose it off. This is the second time an extension has been given to liquor manufacturers in Bihar. The first extension was given till May 31, which was an extension for the previous deadline of April 30.
The request for extension was heard by a vacation bench of Justices A K Sikri and Deepak Gupta. Speaking on behalf of the Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said that the liquor manufacturers would suffer huge losses if time is not given to them to dispose their stock outside Bihar. This argument was opposed by the Bihar government, saying that the liquor manufacturers were indulging in illegal trade within the state. However, the Supreme Court bench did not buy this argument and it asked the State government to check any illegal activity that might be going on. However, the Supreme Court also said that no more time will be provided beyond July 31 in any condition.
Liquor worth Rs 1.25 crore destroyed by road roller
Meanwhile, Patna administration has carried out its biggest drive against liquor by destroying nearly 30,000 bottles of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL). And the drive was used to send the message through, loud and clear, as a road roller was used to crush the bottles into their tiniest possible bits and pieces. It is estimated that the destroyed liquor was worth Rs 1.25 crore. The destruction of the liquor was carried out under the supervision of Patna DM Sanjay Agarwal. The liquor bottles that were destroyed were seized by the police and excise officials during various raids conducted across the state.