Bill on Death Penalty in Illicit Liquor Cases Cleared

  • On 10th August 2021, the Madhya Pradesh Assembly passed the Madhya Pradesh Excise (Amendment) Bill, 2021 prescribing capital punishment and life imprisonment in cases related to deaths caused by consumption of spurious liquor.
  • The bill amending the state Excise Act came in the wake of the death of a dozen people recently.
  • Under the Bill, provisions of life imprisonment and the death penalty have been made in cases related to deaths due to spurious liquor besides imposing a fine of Rs 20 lakh on culprits.
  • Earlier, there was a provision of imprisonment up to 10 years in such cases.
  • The amendment in the Bill also proposed that people who attack police and excise department teams while they are seizing illicit liquor will be arrested without a warrant.