Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Allegations against Dr Y Manjunath

Mysore and Chamarajanagar District Liquor Distributors Association President S Guruswamy alleged that more than 14 wine shops in Mysore are owned by family members of  Dr Y Manjunath, who is relative of Excise Minister Satish Jarkoholli.

He said that they will prove the allegations along with documents. We have seeked information under RTI, but the officers are denying to provide information. We go legally and obtain related documents through RTI, he added.

“The allegations being made by BJP Leader Jagadish Shettar against Manjunath is very true. Being a excise officer, he is a active working president in the Karnataka State Excise Department Employees Association and holds meet with liquor distributors and trouble the  wine merchants unnecessarily. Hundreds of liquor distributor have become helpless with the torture, harassment meted by Manjunath, who is presently rendering service in Bangalore Excise Department” he said.

“Manjunath has completely taken excise department under his control. To obtain a license, or for renewal, transfer we have to shell out thousands of rupees. Its high time the government should transfer him to other department, considering the welfare of liquor distributors,” he added.

“When Lokayukta arrested Manjunath, who was rendering service in Mysore as Excise Deputy Commissioner, a section of bar owners extended support to him. But, majority of them raised voice for justice. But, unfortunately he was freed,” he added.  

'Withdraw VAT on sold liquor'
The Liquor Association members to stage protest against government proposal to lower value added tax to 5.5 per cent on liquor sold in bars and restaurant, clubs, hostels and star hotels in urban areas.

In this connection a meeting will be held on February 22 at Hotel Chethan International in Bangalore. If the government fails to withdraw the proposal, they liquor distributors to protest by closing wine shops across state.

“The Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who states of liquor is not being affordable by poor people, has increased the tax on liquor upto 15 to 18 per cent in the budget. Does really the CM has concerned over poor,” he questioned.

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