Mangaluru, Apr 16, 2018 : The excise department on April 14, Saturday arrested a man, who stocked liquor at his house for a family function, without licence violating laws.
Steevan Monteiro, a resident of Ira, 30kms away from Mangaluru, had stocked several litres of beer, whisky and other low alcohol beverage to serve at his niece’s engagement Roce and wedding.
The excise police raided Monteiro’s house during the engagement ceremony at around 11pm. The officials did not even let the accused to finish the function as requested by the guests at the function. Cops cited MCC while rejecting the request to allow the accused to attend the function.
Shailaja Kote, excise deputy commissioner said that it’s a case of excise violation. "We raided based on the complaint given by a villager. He had in possession 250 litres of water and 21 litres of liquor," she added.
However, the local panchayat president said, Steevan was not aware about obtaining temporary license to serve alcohol to public. Locals, who are irked over excise department’s move, said they were not aware of such licence conditions. “We have conducted such functions earlier too and never obtained any licence,” said a local, on condition of anonymity.
The officials told that one need to obtain CL-5 licence to serve liquor at a gathering, even if its a family function.
Earlier, it was speculated that the raid was related to Model Code of Conduct (MCC), which is in place in the state ahead of forthcoming Assembly polls but the excise department officials clarified that Monteiro was arrested for violating the excise norms and it has nothing to do with the MCC.
Cashing on MCC, it is alleged that some of the excise officials are demanding excess fee for issuing CL-5 licence which costs about 12,500. “I was demanded Rs 15,000 to get CL-5, when questioned they gave excuses of MCC. They said if you want licence then pay extra,” alleged a person, who hosted a roce ceremony of his daughter.