New Delhi: The Delhi government banned the sale of Smirnoff vodka and scotch blended whiskey Vat 69 in the national capital. The action has reportedly been taken over the use of duplicate barcodes.

The ban will remain in place for two years which means that the liquor shops in Delhi will not be able to sell these brands during the time period.

Ban on the sale of Smirnoff vodka and Vat 69 whiskey comes in the wake of an order issued by the financial commissioner of the Delhi government which states that the manufacturer of the liquor, United Spirits Limited (USL), has been blacklisted for allegedly using duplicate barcodes.

Initially, the ban was ordered in May 2017 but was challenged by the company. The matter, since then, was being heard by the Excise Department of Delhi government.

Meanwhile, the financial commissioner in a September 14 order accused the USL of violating provisions of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009 and Delhi Excise Rules, 2010. It said that the manufacturer has used unauthorised and loose barcodes, which could be easily misused.

“I am of the view that the appellant violated provisions of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009, Delhi Excise Rules, 2010, the terms and conditions of the license issued to it and the standard operating procedure framed by the Delhi Excise Department and that consequently the department has rightly imposed the penalty of blacklisting under Rule 70 of the Delhi Excise Rules, 2010 upon United Spirits LTD (USL), Aurangabad,” the financial commissioner reportedly said in the order.

The excise department has blacklisted USL’s, Aurangabad, and its additional source, Sangrur, Punjab, it further read.