Liquor bill of Rs 52.8k goes viral, Karnataka excise dept books seller | Bengaluru News – Times of India

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BENGALURU: The liquor bill of Rs 52,800 that went viral on WhatsApp across India has got both the seller and buyer into trouble.
The Karnataka excise department has booked a case against the seller for selling far more than the permissible limit. The department rules mandate that retail liquor outlets cannot sell more than 2.6 litres of Indian-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) or 18 litres of beer to a customer per day. In this case, the retailer, Vanilla Spirit Zone in Tavarekere in Bengaluru South, sold 13.5 litres of liquor and 35 litres of beer to a customer.
The excise officials came to know about the violation after the bill went viral on social media hours after liquor shops reopened on Monday after the 46-day lockdown. It soon kicked off a debate on how the liquor shops are openly violating the government order.
The buyer, who presumably posted the bill on social media, remains unidentified. The excise department can file a case against the buyer too, because the rules prohibit a person from carrying more than 2.6 liters of any category of liquor.
‘8 buyers but only 1 card was swiped’
When the officials questioned the shop owner, he said the liquor was purchased by a group of eight people, but the payment was made using a single card. “We are investigating his (the owner) claim and only then we will decide on what penal action to be taken against him,” said A Giri, excise DC, Bengaluru South.
The department will perhaps see more such cases, considering other buyers, too, have posted similar bills on social media. A bill of Rs 59,952 in Mangaluru has also been doing the social-media rounds.
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