New Delhi, August 6
Lieutenant-Governor VK Saxena has suspended 11 officials, including then Delhi excise commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna and deputy excise commissioner Anand Kumar Tiwari, over “serious lapses” in the implementation of the Excise Policy, 2021-22, sources said on Saturday.
Three ad-hoc DANICS officers and six officials of the Delhi government’s excise department have also been suspended, sources at the L-G’s office said.
The L-G has taken the decision in view of the “serious lapses on the part of the officers concerned” in the implementation of the excise policy, including “irregularities in finalising the tender and extending post-tender benefits” to select vendors, they said.
The action was taken by Saxena on the basis of an inquiry report filed by the Directorate of Vigilance.
A Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry has already been recommended by the L-G into the alleged violation of rules and procedural lapses in the implementation of the Excise Policy, 2021-22.
Under the policy, implemented in November 17, 2021, private firms were issued retail licences for 849 liquor vends across the city divided into 32 zones.
The policy has now been withdrawn by the AAP government led by Arvind Kejriwal.