Hyderabad: Maintaining that there was no
political angle in the recent raids on liquor businessmen in
the state, Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister M Venkata Ramana
said here today tough action would be taken against the guilty
after the Anti-Corruption Bureau submits its report on the
Observing that the enquiry by ACB was still at a
preliminary stage, he told reporters here that the government
would take action against anyone if their guilt is proved.
Replying to a query, he said he was prepared to face
any enquiry if fingers were pointed at him.
Stressing that the Excise Department did not show
slackness in checking any irregularities, he said over 700
cases have been booked in November alone adding that the
practice of selling liquor above the Maximum Retail Price
(MRP) or any other violations would be severely dealt with.
Noting that the present policy of open auction for
liquor business had some lacunae, the minister said the
government would take a decision on the matter before the
budget session of the assembly.