Decided on January 12,2021

Pradyumna Kumar Mohapatra Appellant


S.MURALIDHAR,C.J. - (1.) The challenge in this writ petition is to an order dated 23rd November, 2020 passed by the Collector, Cuttack cancelling the licenses granted in favour of the Petitioner in respect of (1) IMFL 'Off' Shop, Badambadi, (2) IMFL 'Off' Shop, Gandarpur, (3) IMFL 'Off' Shop, Subhadrapur, (4) IMFL 'Off' Shop, Jaripada and (5) IMFL 'Off' Shop, Samserpur in the district of Cuttack for the remaining period of 2020-21.
(2.) The background facts are that the petitioner is an Excise Permit (EP) holder of aforementioned IMFL 'Off' Shops in five locations. It is stated that all licenses were valid till 31st March, 2021. The Petitioner alleges that on account of his approaching the Superintendent of Police (Vigilance), Cuttack a vigilance case came to be instituted against the Head-Clerk in the office of the Superintendent of Excise, Cuttack, which led to the Petitioner being harassed by conducting surprise raids on three of his IMFL 'Off' Shops on 9th August, 2019. It is stated that from a letter dated 10th August, 2019 from the Superintendent of Excise, Cuttack it transpired that during the said raid one half bottle of some noxious liquid was recovered/seized from the sale counter of Badambadi IMFL 'Off' Shop.
(3.) On 16th September, 2019, the District Excise Office, Cuttack issued the Petitioner a show cause notice under Section 47(4) of the Odisha Excise Act, 2008 (for short 'OE Act') in respect of Badambadi IMFL 'Off' Shop calling upon the Petitioner to submit his reply within seven days. On 21st September 2019, the Petitioner wrote a letter to the Superintendent of Excise, Cuttack, seeking, inter alia, that a copy of the result/report of the Chemical Analysis of the seized liquid. On 25th September 2019, the Petitioner wrote to the Collector, Cuttack seeking a fresh enquiry into the matter. When there was no response received, the Petitioner filed W.P.(C) No. 19335 of 2019, which came to be disposed of on 15th October, 2019 by a Division Bench of this Court by the following order: "Heard the petitioner in person. By way of this writ petition, the petitioner has challenged the order dated 10.08.2019 under Annexure-2. Further, the petitioner has a made a prayer to quash the impugned order and direct the Collector, Cuttack to allow the petitioner to open his Badambadi IMFL OFF Shop at Cuttack. During the course of hearing, it is stated by the petitioner that the Collector, Cuttack may be directed to consider and dispose of his representation dated 25.09.2019 at Annexure-6 within a stipulated period. Considering the limited nature of prayer made by the petitioner and without expressing any opinion on the merits of the case, we direct opposite party no.3- Collector, Cuttack to consider and dispose of the representation dated 25.09.2019 under Annexure-6 made by the petitioner, in accordance with law, within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of copy of this order, if such representation is still pending for consideration. With the aforesaid observation and direction, the writ petition stands disposed of. I.A(s) connected to the writ petition, if any, is/are disposed of accordingly. Urgent certified copy of this order be granted as per the Rules." ;

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