The Delhi government on Saturday temporarily withdrew its new excise policy and ordered opening government-run liquor shops.
Under the new excise policy that came into effect in November, licences of 849 liquor shops were were issued to private firms through open bidding. Earlier, four government corporations ran 475 liquor stores and the remaining 389 were private shops.
The old system will now be in force for six months till a fresh excise policy is implemented, according to a note signed by Ashish Chandra Verma, the principal secretary of the Delhi Finance Department, the Hindustan Times reported.
The development came days after Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena recommended an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the new excise policy introduced by the Aam Aadmi Party government.
The lieutenant governor had accused Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia of procedural lapses and of giving undue benefits to liquor licensees. Sisodia heads the Excise Department of the Delhi government.
However, on Friday, Sisodia accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of using central government agencies such as the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation to threaten Delhi government officials and liquor shops owners to ensure that the excise policy failed.
“They have scared even Delhi government officials with threats of ED and CBI so much that they…