2 petitions against liquor bottles labels

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  • Two writ petitions have been filed in the Hyderabad high court challenging the circulars issued by the governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh calling upon the distilleries to install the required hardware and software in their units for affixation of Holographic Excise Adhesive Labels (HEALs) on liquor bottles.

    The association of liquor and beer suppliers, in its petitions, said that the distillery units were told to install the required hardware by May 30, 2014. It further stated that only HEALs would be used from July 1 onwards. A representation was made to the authorities explaining the difficulties faced by the distilleries in installing the hardware.

    "Procuring hardware for affixation of HEALs is an expensive affair, with the distilleries having to bear high cost which will, in turn, adversely affect their business and consequently the industry in general. Members of the association could not procure the requisite hardware and have been manually affixing HEALs to the bottles from July 1 onwards," it explained.

    The petitioner requested the authorities to exempt them from purchase and installation of the said equipment. Principal secretaries and commissioners of prohibition and excise, managing directors of beverages corporation limited of Telangana and AP states were named as the respondents.

    Finding fault with the attitude of the Chief Executive Officer of Khammam Zilla Parishad in interfering with the possession and enjoyment of a private land, Justice MS Ramachandra Rao of the Hyderabad High Court directed the official to pay Rs 15, 000 costs to the petitioners for causing mental agony to them.

    The facts of the case are that Dr. B. Nagesawara Rao and Dr. B. Sridevi moved the High Court in 2013 challenging the action of the authorities in interfering with the peaceful possession and enjoyment of house plot situated at Khammam. They said that the land was purchased in 1981 and it is in their possession.

    The ZP authorities have contended that the land actually belonging to the government and it was acquired to construct quarters for ZP staff.

    As the authorities raised objection against possession and their owner ship of the land, the petitioners approached the government and a survey was conducted and found that the subject land is outside the land acquired for the in 1966.

    The petitioners told the court despite of the survey findings, the ZP authorities decided to construct a compound wall on their land and damaged the fencing.

    After verifying the records, the judge concluded that the action of the authorities arbitrary, mala fide and with improper motives and cannot be countenanced.

    While allowing the writ petition, the judge directed the respondents to restrain from interfering with the possession and enjoyment of the subject land.

    Courtesy: Times of India


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