New Delhi, Jul 5 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court will today hear a plea filed by by liquor traders, seeking direction to the Delhi Government to make the New Excise Policy for 2021-22 available in public domain.
The matter was listed on Friday before the Vacation Bench led by Justice C Hari Shankar, which said, “At the request of the petitioner’s Counsel, re-notify before the appropriate Bench as per roster on Monday.”
The Delhi Liquor Traders Association was represented by Senior Counsel Arun Mohan, while the Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Senior Counsel, appeared for the Delhi Government.
The petition was filed by Delhi Liquor Traders Association through Advocate Siddharth Sharma. It sought the New Excise Policy for 2021-2022, approved in June this year, to be made public by the Government.
The plea said that on June 28, 2021, the Delhi Government floated a tender, inviting e-bids for grant of 32 zonal retail licences for 2021-22 through e-tendering process for sale of Indian and Foreign Liquor in the region of NCT of Delhi, on the basis of the newly-approved policy.
The petition contended that despite publicly floating the tender on the basis of the approved policy, the Delhi Government is yet to make the New Excise Policy public or make it available over the internet or over the Government’s website.
Furthermore, it said that as per the schedule of the tender, the last date notified for pre-bid queries is July 5, 2021, while the pre-bid meeting is scheduled to be held on July 6, and the submission of the e-bid will take place between July 12 to 20.
In this regard, the plea contended that the New Excise Policy for 2021-22 be made available to all prospective shareholders or to the public in general, in order to enable the bidders to prepare financially viable and attractive e-bids for the tender. ILNS/KR/RJ