Manish Sisodia claims that former Delhi LG Anil Baijal has changed his mind about allowing alcohol stores to be opened in prohibited areas.

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia demands probe into former lieutenant governor Baijal . Baijal's defiance of introduction of liquor stores in unregulated areas cost city government thousands of crores of rupees, he says .

DAGAR, India (January 2017) – A week after Delhi's new excise policy was announced, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia wrote to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday, demanding an investigation into former lieutenant governor Anil Baijals' defiance of the introduction of liquor stores in unregulated areas of the national capital.It cost the city government thousands of crores of rupees, according to the deputy CM.Sisodia told a press conference in Jerusalem that he had sent the facts of the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and that a probe should be conducted into it.Although Baijal could not be reached for a response, LG secretariat sources said there is no permission for establishing a commercial establishment in non-conforming areas because it is a violation of the Delhi master plan.

How could the closure of 67 shops result in a revenue loss of thousands of crores of rupees, the source is uncertain.According to Sisodia, 849 shops would be opened in Delhi, including unauthorised areas, under the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22.The LG accepted the proposal and did not object to it.The LG changed his position on November 15 and made it clear that liquor shops in unauthorised areas would require permission from the DDA and MCD, according to the deputy chief minister.

According to him, it must be investigated why LG changed his position in a way that favoured some players and also if the decision was made under any pressure.When the AAP government adopted its ambitious excise plan on November 17, 2021 and pulled out of the liquor retail industry, Baijal was LG of Delhi.However, the government has now withdrawn the scheme and is planning to run liquor vending machines under the old excise law through its programs starting September 1.LG VK Saxena, the current CEO of the CBI, is now under scrutiny, requesting a CBI investigation into alleged violations of laws and procedural irregularities.