Verma alleged, “The pub owner used to collect six per cent of the brokerage amount from the L-1 license holders. In this way, around Rs 540 crore was collected. Also, Rs 200 crore was collected from three wholesale licensees, who had 60-70 per cent market share. Former MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa alleged, “The money collected from the licensees was used for campaigning for the Aam Aadmi Party during the Punjab Assembly elections held earlier this year.”
“This money is also being spent for campaigning in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, where elections are due later this year,” he alleged. Sisodia, who holds the charge of the excise department, recently defended the new excise policy. It was said that BJP leaders are making allegations of corruption as a lot of money out of Rs 3,500 crore stolen by the liquor mafia under the old policy went into their pockets.