2 July 2022

Rajasthan High Court directs Excise Officer to expeditiously decide plea for release of 1,500 boxes of BIRA Beer seized by Police

The manufacturer of Bira beer requested that; 1,500 cartons of Original BIRA 91 Boom premium strong beer, which had been confiscated by the Rajasthan Police, be released, and the Rajasthan High Court on Friday ordered; the District Excise Officer of Alwar to make a decision within a week.

Because the shipment being transported in contravention of the 1950 Rajasthan Excise Act, the police confiscated the crates.

Given that; the seized beers’ expiration date was August 2022, single-judge Justice Mahendar Kumar Goyal ordered the District Excise Officer of Alwar to quickly resolve the maker of Bira beer, B9 Beverages Private Limited, on its expedited appeal.

On February 28, 2022, the cargo of 1,500 crates of BIRA 91 beer transported by road from; Madhya Pradesh to Bira’s warehouse in Gurugram, Haryana.

However, the Rajgarh Police in Alwar confiscated the item on the grounds that; the consignment transported in violation of the 1950 Rajasthan Excise Act.

As a result, Bira filed an application with; the Excise Authority and Police Department to release the boxes that;  seized, but it is still pending.

However, the current writ petition sent to the High Court in an effort to obtain a prompt resolution to the Excise Officer’s complaint because; the beer nearing the end of its shelf life.

The petition decided by; the Court without giving notice to the respondents due to the extreme urgency.

“Respondent No. 3 (District Excise Officer) is required to make a decision on; the petitioner’s application made pursuant to Section 69 (2-B) of;  the Act of 1950 within a week of receiving a copy of this order. The respondent’s Nos. 1 (the State of Rajasthan) and No. 2 (the Town Inspector of Alwar) are now; ordered to cooperate with; the respondent’s Nos “the Judge said.

Advocates Rohit Tiwari, VN Dubey, and Ibrahim Kannodwal defended the petitioner.

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