New Delhi: The High Court on Tuesday rejected a request from Anheuser-Busch to stay a three-year sales ban imposed by New Delhi city authorities, dealing another setback for the world's largest brewer in one of the country's key markets.
Authorities in New Delhi barred AB InBev in July from selling its beer in the city market on allegations of evading local state taxes. The company has denied the allegations.
The state's excise commissioner, who is already hearing an appeal against the ban order, had rejected a request from the company to hold off implementing the ban.
The company's plea against the city government was heard at the HC, where Justice Navin Chawla declined to give any immediate relief and said the appeals process before the state authorities must first be completed....