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Karnataka HC stops HipBar’s door delivery of booze

Earlier in the year, HipBar filed a writ challenging the withdrawal of home delivery permission granted to it by the Karnataka Excise department.

Sep 20, 2019, 10.20 AM IST
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“The younger generation, including kids below the permissible age, is succumbing to the temptation of liquor, may not be stringently regulated through online orders," Justice S Sujatha wrote in a judgement.
(This story originally appeared in on Sep 20, 2019)
CHENNAI: Global spirits major Diageo-backed HipBar, the Chennai-based startup which ran the country’s first legal alcohol home delivery service in Bengaluru faced a setback when the Karnataka High Court ruled against such services, citing that the excise laws do not have the enabling provisions.

Earlier in the year, HipBar filed a writ challenging the withdrawal of home delivery permission granted to it by the Karnataka Excise department. It contended that it does not require any permission from the Excise Department as it operated within the bounds of the excise laws, and acted as an agent of the legal age customer.

“The younger generation, including kids below the permissible age, is succumbing to the temptation of liquor, may not be stringently regulated through online orders. The eligibility of age and sound mind to receive/ consume liquor is difficult to monitor with trade being carried out by the petitioner,” Justice S Sujatha wrote in a judgement.

Prasanna Natarajan, CEO of HipBar, said that “this (judgement) is a set-back for the digital agenda pursued by Hip-Bar to bring about responsible consumption using technology, but it’s not the end of the road. All social concerns have been taken care through our protocols. Tech has improved status quo in every business and alcohol business can be no exception to this rule. We will definitely challenge this at the appropriate legal forum.”

HipBar approached the Karnataka excise department with a digital solution for home delivery of alcoholic beverages, including a complete host of e-governance tools.
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