Vat 69 whiskey and Smirnoff vodka banned in Delhi

Drinkers won’t be able to buy Vat 69 whiskey and Smirnoff vodka in the national capital now.

The Delhi government financial commissioner blacklisted the manufacturer of Vat 69 whiskey and Smirnoff Vodka United Spirits Limited (USL) for allegedly using duplicate barcodes and banned it from selling the brands in the national capital for the next two years.

In a September 14 order, financial commissioner Anindo Majumdar said USL had violated provisions of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009 and Delhi Excise Rules, 2010 by using unauthorised and loose barcodes, which could be easily misused.

“I am of the view that the appellant violated provisions of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009, Delhi Excise Rules, 2010, the terms and conditions of the licence issued to it, and the standard operating procedure framed by the Delhi Excise Department, and that consequently the department has rightly imposed the penalty of blacklisting under Rule 70 of the Delhi Excise Rules, 2010 upon United Spirits LTD (USL), Aurangabad,” the financial commissioner said in his order.

“It is, however, established that unauthorised barcodes were used. Moreover, the existence of loose barcodes has been established. These loose barcodes could easily be misused and cause danger to public health” the order stated.

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