Bengaluru: Club officials feel liquor licence suspension would be revoked after the assembly session in Belagavi
Expecting some reprieve after the truce with suspended club member ADGP (Railways) RP Sharma, the Bangalore Club management is now hoping for better times with the festive season round the corner. Now hopes are alive, literally, for a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
The excise officials who had taken a rigid stance after chief minister Siddaramaiah called for strict enforcement, are expected to ease off after the Assembly session ends ion Belagavi in the next few days. The excise officials are expected to take a final call on revoking the almost one-month-long liquor license suspension slapped on Bangalore Club.
But the revocation of the suspension would come with strict conditions that the club has to follow. These include adhering to the licensed blueprint that earmarks the place for sale of liquor within the club premises.
The excise department had suspended the club’s liquor licence on December 2, for a month till January 1, 2015. The tough decision came after the excise officials, during their inspection, found a series of violations, including subletting excise license to private restaurants inside and serving liquor at multiple centres within the premises.
The deputy commissioner, Bangalore Urban, who is the licensing authority, had suspended the license for a month after taking into consideration the serious nature of violations even as Bangalore Club sought more time to provide an explanation in response to the departments show cause notice.
The club faced a tough time from department after department, which included Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike too cracking the whip at the club for a range of violations.
Bangalore Club management has been trying to ease things ever since then. The truce with Sharma apart, Federation of Clubs (FOC), the 26-club body, came to its rescue promising to take up the issue with the state government and seek chief minister and excise minister’s intervention to ease things to ensure things are back to normalcy before the festive season.
The Bangalore Club management had also explored options of a license with limited validity as an alternative to Christmas. But as the club’s license itself has been under suspension, the excise officials ruled out that option.
The pressure is on and Bangalore Club is all set to give an undertaking pledging adherence to the excise rules. The club has already acted in that direction by terminating agreements with the private restaurants. The club officials feel that the excise officials may consider revoking license suspension, sources added.