Special Corona fee a price towards the privilege to sell/consume liquor: Delhi Govt tells Delhi High Court

Special Corona fee a price towards the privilege to sell/consume liquor: Delhi Govt tells Delhi High Court

The Delhi Government has defended the imposition of 70% Special Corona fee on liquor on the ground that the levy is the price towards grant of privilege to sell/consume liquor. (Short Affidavit GNCTD - Praveen Gulati)

Submitting that citizens have no fundamental right to do trade, business in liquor or to consume liquor, the Delhi Government has contended that it has the authority and jurisdiction to regulate the trade, commerce and consumption of liquor by imposing a “regulatory and supervisory fee” which need not be in the form of either a tax, fee or excise duty.

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