Sunday 23 October 2016

HC Approves Kerala Govt's New Liquor Policy

File Photo - Manoj Kumar

Giving its approval to the state government's new liquor policy, Kerala High Court today declined to stay the closure of over 700 bar hotels below five star categories.

A division bench comprising justice Thothathil B Radhakrishnan and justice P B Suresh Kumar declined to stay the operation of the order culminating in the closure of bar hotels while dismissing a batch of appeals from bar owners.

The government had earlier declined to renew the licenses of 418 bar hotels as they were not up to the standards.

The bar owners whose licenses had not been renewed and 312 bar hotels who were ordered to close down had filed appeals.

The bench held that the bar owners could not make any prima facie case and they were not entitled for stay of government decision.

The court rejected their plea that the policy was 'hatched overnight'.

Advocate General K P Dandapani informed the court that the government's excise policy had been mentioned in the UDF manifesto itself. So, supporting materials are there is to justify the government action.

The court also approved the argument of Advocate General that there are sufficient materials to justify the government order.

The bench held that the government action was in accordance with the direction of Supreme Court as well as recommendations of justice M Ramachandran Commission, appointed by the government.

The UDF government has stated that its new liquor policy, which makes it clear that only five star hotels will have bars to sell Indian Made Foreign Liquor, was in the final phase to take the UDF'S goal of taking the state to total prohibition in the next 10 years.

© Copyright PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of any PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without their prior written consent.
Centre to Introduce Plan to Seal With Naxalism: Rajnath Curfew in Parts of Kashmir, Youth Killed, Toll Rises to 58
Download the Outlook ​Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store

Post a Comment

You are not logged in, please Log in or Register
  • Daily Mail

More than a decade after India first started the procurement process, it has finally inked an €8bn agreement to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault. The original deal was to buy 126 Rafales to replace the accident-prone Russian MiG-21s. Ultimately, the government offered to buy only 36 ready-to-fly planes.

POLL STARTED ON: Sep 26, 2016
Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro is hosting the 31st Olympic Games from August 5 to 21. This is the first Olympics being held in South America and is going on even as a majority Brazilians are unhappy with their rulers. Here’s a quiz on some random Olympic facts and related trivia.
QUIZ STARTED ON: Aug 11, 2016