Shop owner in Bengaluru booked after liquor bill worth Rs.52, 841 goes viral

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The Karnataka excise department has on Tuesday (May 5) slapped a case under section 36 of the  Excise Act against a liquor shop owner in the state capital of Bengaluru for allegedly selling more liquor than permitted under the law to a buyer on the first day shops reopening sales after 40-day lockdown.

Bengaluru South Excise Deputy Commissioner A G Giri told IANS that the case was registered against shop owner S Venkatesh for violating the provisions of the law.

The alleged sale came to light when the unidentified customer posted in the social media a receipt showing he bought liquor (IMFL) worth R.52, 841 from Anilla Spiirit Zone in the city's south eastern suburb on Monday afternoon.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the shop owner sold 17.4 litres of IML against the permissible limit of 2.3 litres of Indian made foreign liquor and 35.1 litres of beer against the legal limit of 18.2 litres.

Venkatesh, however, told Giri that the buyer paid for the liquor bought by him and seven of his colleagues at the same time from the shop as they entered together.

We are investigating to ascertain if Venkatesh violated the license conditions by paying for liquor bought by his friends with him at the same time," Giri said.

The state cashed in revenues of Rs 45 crore from liquor sales on the first day of reopening of the shops in accordance with Union Home Ministry guidelines. According to the Excise Department, around 3.9 lakh litre of beer was sold and 8.5 lakh litre of IMFL on day one of the restrictions being lifted.

Long queues were seen at liquor stores across the country as numerous commenced the sale of alcohol on Monday.

The state Excise Department has allowed retail liquor outlets, the Karnataka State Beverage Corporations Limited (KSBCL) and Mysore Sales International Ltd depots to sell liquor outside containment zones from 9 am to 7 pm starting May 4.

Pubs and restaurants are still not allowed to sell liquor as they will remain closed until May 17.

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