Maharashtra lifts ban on Jubilant LIfe Sciences’ alcohol production

Pharma company Jubilant Life Sciences said the government of Maharashtra has stayed the order passed by state excise commissioner stopping the production of alcohol at one of its plants in the state.

On March 3, the commissioner had canceled the company’s licenses for running a distillery at its factory located at Nira, Maharashtra. He had also ordered criminal action against the company.

“By an order dated March 6, 2018, the Hon’ble Home Department, Government of Maharashtra has stayed the Order passed by the Commissioner of State Excise, Maharashtra till further order,” the company updated today.

The exact reason for the cancellation of the license was not specified by the company, nor was the nature of the recommended criminal proceedings.

At the time, Jubilant Life Sciences had, however, said that it was manufacturing and supplying alcohol only after obtaining necessary approvals from the Maharashtra excise department. “The Distillery operations of the Nira plant are in compliance with the conditions” of the licenses, it had said.

It also clarified that the stoppage of alcohol production would not affect the production of other Life Science Chemical products manufactured at the location.