If someone smuggles liquor in lockdown or wants to bring it to a buyer from another state, then what do the rules and the law say. Actually, every state of India has its own excise policy. According to that there are also laws.
The havoc of Corona continues everywhere. Lockdown is applicable in India like other countries. Meanwhile, the government has given permission to open liquor shops in some areas of the Red Zone, including the Green and Orange zones. The result was that the sale of liquor set a record on the first day. Long queues were seen at liquor shops across the country. Even social distancing was fiercely blown off.
During this time, police had to struggle hard to control the liquor addicts everywhere. In view of the strong sales on the first day, the Delhi government suddenly took a decision. He increased the Khudra price of liquor by 70 percent in the capital. And on the second day also implemented that decision. But there was no significant effect on its drinkers. The liquor was also sold on the second day. After the rise in the price of liquor in Delhi, some people tried unsuccessfully to bring liquor from the neighboring state of UP, but this could not happen. Because states have border seals. There is also a lot of strictness.
Now the question arises that if someone smuggles liquor in lockdown or wants to bring it to the buyer from another state, then what do the rules and the law say. Actually, every state of India has its own excise policy. According to that there are also laws. But usually cases of liquor smuggling take action under the Excise Act. In which cases are registered under Section 60 (a) of the Excise Act in cases related to smuggling.
What is the section of the Excise Act
The sale of alcohol gives the most revenue to most states. Therefore Excise Department is considered very important. In every state, the prices of liquor are determined under the Excise Policy. This is the reason why liquor is found cheap in many states and expensive in many states. In such cases, cases of smuggling of alcohol often come up. The Excise Act is used to take action in such cases. According to a senior UP Excise Department official, if a person brings liquor from another state during lock down, then action will be taken against him under this Act. Even if he has a bottle.
According to the Excise Officer, earlier the cases under Section 60 of the Excise Act were classified as bailable offense. The liquor mafia used to get its direct benefit. In view of this problem, the need to amend the Act was felt. The government took an important decision in the year 2018 and Section 60 (a) of the Excise Act was changed to the category of non-bailable offense. Now in such cases, along with the section of the Excise Act, Section 272 and 273 of the IPC also impose.
Section 60 (a)
According to the departmental information, after amending the original Excise Act, new section 60 (a) has been implemented, according to which if a person mixes or allows mixing of any intoxicating substance or any such substance or any other substance Sells or makes available for use in any intoxicating substance, causing any person to become a victim of disability or death, in such a case, excise tax against the accused Iam section shall be filed within 60 (a).
This is the provision of punishment
The first Excise Act did not have much strictness. But after the amendment made in the year 2018, the difficulties of the accused caught under section 60 (a) increased. Now bail is very difficult when caught with smuggled liquor. If found guilty in such cases, death penalty or life imprisonment can be punished. Also, a fine of a maximum of ten lakh rupees can also be imposed on the guilty.