New Delhi [India]Oct 27 (ANI): The Delhi Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Delhi government about the age verification process to ensure alcohol does not reach minors under the new home delivery excise rules for spirits.
A department bank owned by Supreme Judge DN Patel and Judge Jyoti Singh asked the government how they will verify the age of the person ordering alcohol on their doorstep.
Senior Counsel Rahul Mehra, who appeared for the state government, stated that whenever the policy goes into effect, it is a change to existing rules and regulations and may include norms such as providing the Aadhaar number or other document as proof of age .
The court, which heard BJP MP (MP) Pravesh Sahib Singh Verma, who heard Delhi’s newly amended 2010 Excise Tax Regulations (“Rules”) allowing home delivery of spirits, rescheduled the matter for a further hearing on Jan. November listed.
The recent change in excise tax policy has lowered the alcohol age in Delhi from 25 to 21 years.
MP Pravesh Sahib Singh Verma, in his petition filed by attorney Balaji Srinivasan, alleged that the Delhi government changed the 2010 Delhi Consumption Rules (“Rules”) to include the supply of spirits, both Indian as well as manufactured abroad, via mobile phones to enable applications or websites.
He said that the amended Rule 66 (6), which provides for “home delivery”, suffers from various constitutional illegality and is therefore legally untenable.
The Court of Justice is also currently considering a number of petitions contesting the recently announced new Excise Directive. (ANI)