Court awards 12 years of Rigorous Imprisonment to father-son duo under liquor law

Published: Jan 25, 2018, 19:03 IST | PTI

Additional District and Sessions Judge (II) of Excise Special Court Bholanath Tiwary held Mohammad Ali Ashraf Khan and his son Mohammad Afsar Ali Khan guilty

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A local court here today awarded 12 years of rigorous imprisonment to the father-son duo in connection with seizure of 3608 litres of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) from their house in Vaishali district two years back.

Additional District and Sessions Judge (II) of Excise Special Court Bholanath Tiwary held Mohammad Ali Ashraf Khan and his son Mohammad Afsar Ali Khan guilty under provisions of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act 2016 and awarded 12 years of jail to each of them and imposed a fine of Rs 3 lakh separately to them.

The sentence was served under section 47(A) of the Act. The court made it clear that they would have to spend another eight months in jail if they fail to deposit the fine amount. Both the sentences would run concurrently, it added.

It may be noted that Excise Department officials had on August 24, 2016 conducted raids on their house in Mohammadabad village under Sarai police station of the district and seized 3608 litres of foreign liquor from the house, special court Public Prosecutor Lakshman Prasad Rai said.

The Nitish Kumar government, in April 2016, had enacted a stringent anti-liquor law banning manufacture, bottling, distribution, transportation, accumulation, possession, purchase, sale or consumption of liquor in the state.

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