Delhi: Nine restobars found serving ‘expired beer’

NEW DELHI: During the last one year, Delhi government’s excise department has found nine prominent restobars in popular hangout zones, such as , New Friends Colony and Connaught Place, serving “expired beer”. This revelation came when AAP MLA Vishesh Ravi sought to know in the assembly about the violations found in the bars and restaurants.

In a written response to the MLA’s question, the excise department said its enforcement branch had conducted an inspection at 214 pubs, bars and restaurants during the past year and found that 94 out of 214 restobars were violating various excise rules.

“The excise rules state that cannot be sold beyond the expiry period mentioned on the bottles,” an official said. According to a report presented in the assembly, five cases of serving alcohol to “underaged customers” were also found and complaints lodged with the police. The legal age of drinking in Delhi is 25 years.

The excise officials also found that many bars and clubs were filled beyond their seat capacity. “Fines were imposed on such restobars,” an official said.

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