CHANDIGARH: City-based hotels and restaurants were offering 2 plus 2 offer on drinks after issuing advertisements through an online food delivery app on , prompting the UT excise and taxation department to challan 15 such outlets.

A senior official of the department said the hotels and restaurants were located in sectors 9 and 26, Elante Mall and other locations. The raids were conducted on Saturday and Sunday after receiving complaints. A hearing will take place to calculate the amount of penalty, he said.

The official further said the hotel owners will also submit their reply. He clarified that hotels, restaurants and liquor vends, cannot provide free liquor. Even they cannot advertise free offer on liquor. It is against the UT excise policy, he said. Recently, the department imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on a Sector 26-based hotel for 1 plus 1 free offer on liquor. The department will also soon impose penalty on eight liquor vends for selling booze without issuing bills to customers. The UT excise and taxation department has summoned billing record of all the violators. The department will now check sale of liquor in the last month and accordingly bills will matched with the sale.

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