Sunny Sharma has lost his appeal of Red Bank’s revocation of his license to sell booze through his problem-plagued Best Liquors store on Leighton Avenue, the Asbury Park Press reports this evening.


From the Press:

A decision released today [by Administrative Law] Judge Joseph F. Martone agreed with the borough’s arguments made at a hearing last March.

“It is a victory,” said Mayor Pasquale “Pat “” Menna. “It is not just a west side issue, it is complete town issue. Quality of life is what it’s about.”

Attorneys for Best Liquors had argued that the police investigation was shoddy. Menna said the decision showed that the police did a terrific, through investigation.

A 38-page complaint was made by the borough against the store Nov. 14, 2006, charging owner Pankja “Sunny” Sharma of Middletown with five incidents of selling alcohol to minors, one of selling contraband cigarettes and one in which a clerk failed to possess a borough license to sell alcohol.

On June 21, 2007, the borough council found Best Liquors guilty of seven violations — ranging from sales to minors to selling cigarettes without a tax stamp. Sharma immediately appealed to the state


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