Chennai: The Election Commission has deferred
the introduction of new brands by Indian Made Foreign Spirit
manufacturers through Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation
outlets in the state till completion of the Assembly election
The EC`s direction came to light in a writ petition that
came up for hearing on April 12 before the First Bench of
Madras High Court comprising Chief Justice MY Eqbal and
Justice TS Sivagnanam.
The petitioner Golden Vats Private Limited, a newly-founded
company, had sought quashing of a TASMAC order, putting on
hold the introduction of its brands in the state.
In the counter filed through its counsel, TASMAC said it
had written to the Principal Secretary of Prohibition and
Excise Department seeking clarifications on whether the
introduction of one new brand each month by the existing
manufacturers may be continued in light of the Model Code of
Conduct coming into force.
In its letter, TASMAC had said there was already scarcity
of beer and "hundreds of shops have nil stock daily".
TASMAC submitted that later Deputy Election Commission of
India informed Tamil Nadu Government that the EC had
"considered the various issues raised by TASMAC" and informed
that "the proposal might be deferred till the election process
TASMAC MD Sandeep Saxena said, "TASMAC could not proceed
further as the EC has ordered to defer the matter."
The Bench adjourned the matter for further hearing next