The Orissa excessive court docket on Wednesday upheld the federal government’s transfer to award liquor store licences via a lottery system. It stated whereas public sale might be one of many modes for allotting the licences, it’s not invariably the one technique to be adopted.
The court docket rejected a bunch of petitions in opposition to the lottery system adopted this 12 months. A division bench of chief justice S Muralidhar and justice BP Routray stated the perfect technique of figuring out the charge to be paid is finest left to the federal government. “It isn’t potential to just accept the competition of the petitioners that public sale is the one and the very best technique for parting with the unique privilege on the market of liquor.”
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The lottery system was adopted to subject licences for 1,156 Indian-Made Overseas Liquor retailers and 240 nation liquor retailers. Beneath the system, an applicant has to submit a non-refundable software charge of ₹1 lakh on-line to take part within the lottery. The state authorities obtained 19,416 purposes for the 1,297 licences with five-year validity.
Petitioners contended that there isn’t a provision within the Odisha Excise Act for introducing the lottery system.
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