In a recent seizure in Gandhinagar, three bottles of branded whiskey recorded in the FIR were priced at just Rs 1,125 or Rs 375 for a 750 ml bottle. However, the market price of this whiskey in permit shops is currently Rs 540-600 per bottle. The police department missed out on factoring in the sale of liquor as they were still subject to state excise and Prohibition Department This is in compliance with the notification dated 28th December, 2002.
Recording price as of 2002
According to the notification, the price of various brands of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and imported liquor ranges between Rs 52 and Rs 850. These brands have registered a huge growth in the market rate over the years. Their price now ranges from Rs 190 to 1,900. According to police records, the price of country liquor has also remained stable at Rs 20 per liter for the last 20 years. However, it is currently priced between Rs 50 and Rs 80 per liter in different parts of the state.
Sources in the Prohibition Department said that earlier the rates of IMFL, imported liquor and country liquor were revised every 3-4 years. A senior police officer said these rates were then used to evaluate the stock seized during the raid. After 1999, an order was issued in 2002 regarding the rates of liquor. There has been no amendment since then. As a result, the police calculate the confiscated stock based on prices that were fixed 20 years ago.
no change in prices
Sources said the revised liquor rates are necessary to ensure that the value of the seized liquor is reflected in the FIR registered which is at par with the market value. A senior police officer said the huge difference in liquor prices between 2002 and 2022 could also create problems during legal proceedings. Gujarat DGP Ashish Bhatia confirmed that liquor prices have not been revised in recent years. Bhatia said that recently we have got a proposal to revise the rates. The State Monitoring Cell may do so soon.
The Gujarat government notified new and more stringent liquor laws in 2017 that were implemented in 2018. However, he did not change the market price of liquor. According to the new law, those found guilty of manufacturing, buying, selling or transporting liquor can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined Rs 5 lakh. In the previous Act, the punishment for this illegal activity was only 3 years. Similarly, liquor shop operators as well as those helping them face imprisonment of up to 10 years.