Note: The Delhi Government informed the Delhi High Court on Monday that the New Excise Policy for the fiscal year 2021-22 will be posted on the relevant websites today.
The Delhi Liquor Traders Association filed the petition, requesting that the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi make public the New Excise Policy for the fiscal year 2021-22.
Respondents are represented by Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi. The Delhi Government argued that the petition is unsustainable because the concerned bidding is fully facilitated with all applicable bidding rules and a bidding document that includes all applicable bidding terms. Tender is sufficient, and policy is not required for electronic bidding, he added.
Dr Arun Mohan, Senior Advocate appeared for Petitioner Association and contended that the government had approved the new excise policy but it had not been made public. The policy cannot be kept secret, the lawyer contended, and respondent must make it public.
After hearing Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s submission, a bench of Rekha Palli dismissed the matter on Monday, noting that the New Excise policy will be made public today. Additionally, the Court noted that the deadline for submitting electronic bids is July 12.
The petition was filed by the Delhi Liquor Trader Association through Advocate Siddharth Sharma, stating that on June 28, 2021, the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi invited e-bids for the grant of 32 zonal retail licences for the fiscal year 2021-22 (separate tenders for each zone) via an e-tendering process in the form of L-7Z/L-7V for the sale of Indian and Foreign Liquor (except country liquor) in the national capital
Despite publicising the tender on the basis of the approved New Excise Policy 2021-22 for the National Capital Territory of Delhi, the plea stated that the New Excise Policy has not been made public or made available on the internet/website. respondent’s
Additionally, it stated that, per the tender’s schedule, the deadline for prebid queries is July 5, 2021. While the pre-bid meeting is scheduled for July 6, 2021, the e-bid submission period is scheduled for July 12–20, 2021.
The plea argued that in order to prepare financially viable and attractive electronic bids for the tender, it is critical that the approved New Excise Policy 2021-22 be made available to all prospective stakeholders and the general public.
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