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The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday sought a response from the Punjab government on a petition seeking directions for closing the liquor shops which are running on national highways despite the Supreme Court ban on liquor sale within 500 meters of the state and national highways.
A resident of Sangrur district has approached the High Court alleging that despite the apex court judgment on the matter, the authorities have failed to close down the liquor vends near the highways especially near the NH 148. He has sought a probe on how the liquor vends are functioning despite the recent restrictions imposed by the apex court.
“It seems, the official/officers of the respondent departments are hand-in-glove with the contractors and together they are making a mockery of the law and violating the judgment of the Supreme Court,” Jagmail Singh, the petitioner said in his plea.
The Supreme Court in a judgment passed 2016 had banned the sale of liquor along national and state highways within a distance of 500 meters from the outer edge of the highway. High Court during the hearing of the case on Tuesday also asked the Haryana government to submit a status report on the implementation of the apex court orders.