NEW DELHI :
Delhi government on Thursday ordered the closure of departmental stores selling wine and beer from Friday, owing to irregularities.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the government has found irregularities in these stores during surprise inspections.
"The Delhi government has decided to close 125 liquor shops in Delhi. All these shops were running under L-12 licence. In the past days, many irregularities were found during surprise inspections in these shops," Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.
According to rules, these outlets can only use around 10-15% space for selling beer and wine, and the rest of space can be used to sell grocery items, a government official, who did not wish to be named, said.
"During the inspection earlier, it was found that most of these departmental stores were using from 50-80% of space to sell wine and beer, which is a clear violation of excise rules," the official said. "Also, several other irregularities were found at these outlets."
Sisodia, who also holds the portfolio of the excise department, had also made surprise inspections at several departmental stores in the past.
The excise department has started issuing orders to all the 125 department stores.
The notice said the licensee would be eligible for refund of fee paid in advance after deducting the amount recoverable by the government under Section 16 (2) of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009.