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Union Minister teases CM Nitish Kumar, claims liquor easily available despite ban in Bihar

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The Nitish Kumar government banned liquor sales in April 2016. As he promised the women, he would ban the sale of liquor in Bihar if his party came to power. Union Minister Pashupati Paras has been singing different songs and exposing the state government’s claim. He says that liquor is easily available in Bihar.

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The Union Minister and National President of the Rashtriya Lok Janshakti party, Pashupati Paras, on Monday claimed that liquor is easily available in the state, highlighting the ground reality of the prohibition law.

While speaking with mediapersons in Patna, the Union Minister, in response to a question on the prohibition law, said the sale of liquor was rampant in the state and nobody could deny this fact.

Who said that liquor is not available in Bihar? It is easily available in the state, “he said.

Rampant smuggling of liquor in Bihar

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Paras said liquor was being smuggled into the state and that is why huge consignments of liquor are seized on a routine basis. Further, he said the availability of liquor illegally in the state was the reason why people who consumed liquor were being arrested.

However, he added that the police were cracking down on the liquor mafia, which was manufacturing and selling adulterated liquor.

“Nobody can say that liquor is not available in the state. Illegally, liquor was available in the state and that is why so many people were being arrested on a routine basis. The police were also seizing liquor consignments that were smuggled into the state, “he said.

Paras added that he was aware that the prohibition law was in the interest of the state, but despite that, liquor was being sold in the state illegally.

The state cabinet on Monday approved the new fine amount. If a first-time drinker is caught, he will be released after paying a fine of between Rs 2,000 and Rs 5,000, as decided by the executive magistrate. Earlier, the fine was Rs 50,000 for first-time offenders, as per an amendment made in 2018.

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As per the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Amendment 2022, if a first-time offender fails to pay the fine, then they can be imprisoned for a month.

Significantly, in the last few weeks, the Supreme Court has come down heavily on the state government over the prohibition law in Bihar. The Supreme Court slammed the state for piling up liquor cases, especially those regarding bail, in the courts.

After facing criticism, the state government reduced the fine amount so that the legal system in Bihar is not overloaded with liquor cases.

 

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