Vat 69 and Smirnoff Vodka to be sold in Delhi for two years over duplicate bar-codes

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 22, 2018 16:40 hrs

For patrons in the national capital, the bad news is that Vat 69 and Smirnoff Vodka will no more be available for sale. 

A report by Hindustan Times confirmed the Delhi government's blacklisting of Vat 69 and Smirnoff liquor over charges of using duplicate bar-codes. 

The report highlighted the Delhi Financial commissioner's recent order, charging makers USL (United Spirits Limited) for violating provisions of Delhi excise Act 2009 and Delhi Excise Rules, 2010. 

Although this is not a permanent decision, the Delhi government has banned sale of the liquor brands for at least two years. 

Retailers and stores in the national capital will not be selling Vat 69 and Smirnoff vodka till the ban gets uplifted. 

"I am of the view that the appellant violated provisions of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009, Delhi Excise Rules, 2010, the terms and conditions of the licence issued to it and the standard operating procedure framed by the Delhi Excise Department and that consequently the department has rightly imposed the penalty of blacklisting under Rule 70 of the Delhi Excise Rules, 2010 upon United Spirits LTD (USL), Aurangabad," the order said.

USL had earlier filed an appeal to challenge the orders of the deputy commissioner and commissioner, Delhi government’s excise department, which had blacklisted USL’s Aurangabad unit and its additional source, Sangrur, Punjab, for three years.

The financial commissioner said that the "loose bar-codes could easily be misused and cause danger to public health."