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Ex Delhi L-G’s ‘last minute U-turn’ led to losses of thousands of crores: Manish Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has accused the previous Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal of altering his stance on excise coverage on the final minute, alleging that it led to a loss of thousands of crores of rupees to town authorities. Manish Sisodia has demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the matter.

Anil Baijal was the Delhi L-G when the Arvind Kejriwal authorities ready the brand new excise coverage, which was applied on November 17, 2021.

Manish Sisodia on Saturday tweeted, “Despite reading the Excise Policy 2021-22 several times carefully, giving its suggestions and accepting it, the L-G office changed its decision (on November 15) just two days before the opening of the liquor shops. Due to this, thousands of crores were lost to the Delhi government and thousands of crores were benefitted to a few shops.”

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Manish Sisodia stated that underneath the brand new excise coverage, 849 outlets had been to be opened throughout Delhi, together with in unauthorised areas. “The LG did not object to the proposal and approved it,” Sisodia said.

However, on November 15 last year, two days before the implementation of the policy, former Delhi L-G Anil Baijal changed his stand and introduced a condition that permission from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) would be needed for opening liquor shops in unauthorised areas, Manish Sisodia alleged.

“As a result of this change of stand by the LG, the shops could not be opened in unauthorised areas, leading to a loss of revenue of thousands of crores to the government. On the other hand, the shops that opened witnessed a huge income,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said.

Manish Sisodia demanded a CBI probe into the matter that caused financial losses to the government.

“Under whose pressure, L-G sahib changed the policy approved by the cabinet and himself, just 48 hours before the opening of the shop? CBI should conduct an inquiry,” Manish Sisodia stated.

The Delhi authorities has now withdrawn the coverage and is making ready to run liquor vends underneath the previous excise regime via its undertakings from September 1.

Meanwhile, the present Delhi LG, VK Saxena, has really helpful a CBI probe into the alleged violation of guidelines and procedural lapses within the implementation of the Excise Policy 2021-22, underneath which licences had been issued to non-public companies for retail sale of liquor within the metropolis divided into 32 zones.

L-G VK Saxena on Saturday accredited the suspension and initiation of main disciplinary proceedings in opposition to Arava Gopi Krishna, the previous commissioner of the excise division, and Anand Kumar Tiwari, the previous commissioner of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS).

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