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Friday, May 27, 2016

Spurious liquor seized in four excise raids in South Goa

Panaji: The excise department on Friday suspended licenses of four wine stores in South Goa for selling spurious liquor in bottles of a liquor brand. Show cause notices have been slapped against the stores located one each in Benaulim and Chinchinim and two in Margao.
All the four stores were operating as 'Anand Wines'.
Show case notices were issued to Arvind B Gadvi for his Margao store, Senthil Kumar for his two stores one each in Gogol, Margao and Benualim, and Jose Vasco Ferrao for his Chinchinim store, as to why the licenses issued to them should not be cancelled and liquor seized should not be confiscated in favour of the government.
The notices were issued for violation of provisions of sections 7, 9 rules 16, 19 and 101 of the Goa Excise Duty Act and Rules, 1964. They have been asked to appear before commission on June 14 for a personal hearing.
Excise commissioner Menino D'Souza said they found that alcohol sold at the four stores was duplicate. The registered manufacturer was asked to ascertain the genuineness of the seized liquor and the distributor was questioned as to whether he had supplied alcohol to these four wine stores.
The distributor confirmed that he had not been supplying alcohol to any of the four stores and the company has given its report making it clear that the seized alcohol was not their product D'Souza said, adding that excise inspectors were keeping a watch on wine stores and would conduct more raids shortly.
All brands are manufactured to specific quality and standards as recommended by the company. Every item that goes into the manufacturing of their brands are thoroughly quality controlled to ensure that these items meet quality standards recommended by the company. The company has set very specific norms for the packaging material to be used, the manufacturer has informed the excise department.
Next, D'Souza said, the department will find out from where the four license holders procured their stock.
During the raids liquor without any valid bills and permits were seized, said an excise official.

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