News By/Courtesy: Badal Sikka | 24 Aug 2021 18:58pm IST


  • The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notice in the plea raising concern on the rise in the incidents of drunken driving across the capital.
  • The public interest litigation has been filed through Advocate Prasanna S., by the NGO Community against Drunken Driving (CADD) represented by its founder, activist Prince Singhal.
  • The plea avers that consumption of alcohol by a person can never be regarded as his fundamental right, nor can it be said that the right to consume alcohol can be merely regulated and not prohibited.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday looked for a reaction from the Delhi Government upon a new request testing the Delhi Excise Policy for 2021-22 to the extent that it decreased the drinking age from 25 to 21 years. The Division Bench containing Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh gave notice in the request raising worry on the ascent in the occurrences of smashed driving across the capital and posted the matter for September 17. Senior Counsel Rahul Mehra, addressing the Delhi Government, presented that intoxicated driving isn't admissible under the law, independent of whether the drinking age is 25 years or 21 years. Supporting this stand, Dr. Abhishek Singhvi, additionally showing up for the Delhi Government, presented that 'no one sane backings tipsy driving'. He further presented that if the lawful drinking age is diminished, it doesn't imply that the Government has allowed intoxicated driving in any structure.

The public interest suit has been documented through Advocate Prasanna S., by the NGO Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD) addressed by its originator, extremist Prince Singhal. The supplication appeals to God for a heading to the Delhi Government to set up a hearty system for the implementation of required age check at alcohol shops, bars, bars, and cafés by means of biometrics age match, utilizing Government gave character cards. The supplication between Alia appeals to God for limiting the Delhi Government from offering impact to the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22, which decreases the drinking age from 25 to 21 until a powerful age check system is organized. What's more, the request appeals to God for remaining Rule 66 of the Delhi Excise (Amendment) Rules, 2021, which has permitted entryway step conveyance of alcohol, until a strong age check instrument is founded in any event, for entryway conveyance. As per the request, smashed driving is the reason for over 70% street mishaps, bringing about in excess of 1,00,000 street passings yearly across India, and the strategy chosen by the Government, of diminishing the drinking age, would prompt a widespread ascent in tanked driving episodes. Singhal further added-" What stays not yet clear is the means by which this law will be carried out by the Excise and the Police office, as till now there has been no genuine work to really look at the age.

Additionally, I feel that bars and bars ought to likewise share more prominent obligations and step up and carry out age checks at their end and not serve those under 25 years old. There is additionally a requirement for the Excise and Police Department to rigorously authorize this law close to schools and universities, particularly in grounds regions. Truth be told, requirement drives ought to be done on each of the 7 days, especially during day time between 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm as that is when drinking among youngsters is exceptionally normal."

Section Editor: Lucky Sinha | 25 Aug 2021 13:34pm IST



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