Highway liquor ban: SC to hear pleas of hotels, clubs

The apex court had on March 31 said that liquor vends within 500 metres of national and state highways will have to shut down from April 1.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 10, 2017 4:31 am
highway liquor ban, tamil nadu, tamil nadu-highway liquor ban, alcohol prohibition, highway-liquor bars, supreme court, js khehar, india news, indian express A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said it would hear the matter after the vacation in the second week of July.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear in detail the petitions filed by a body of hotels and clubs in Tamil Nadu seeking exemption from the ban on serving liquor in establishments that are within 500 metres of highways.

A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said it would hear the matter after the vacation in the second week of July.

The apex court had on March 31 said that liquor vends within 500 metres of national and state highways will have to shut down from April 1. The court exempted the hilly states of Sikkim, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh and areas having population of up to 20,000 from the order.

Appearing for the hotels’ body, senior advocate Arvind Datar said the ban was resulting in huge revenue loss. He said that out of 10 hotels in Chennai’s Mount Road, eight have been closed because of the apex court order.

Arunachal Pradesh has also moved the court seeking exemption from the order.

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    ALOK SOVIND CHANDEWAR
    May 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm
    The Review Pe ions filed by the hotel and restaurant ociations across india are inadmissible as the High Cl and Upper cl rich people tend to forget their responsibility of not to drink and drive . We have already experienced a lot of fatal and deadly accidents due to drunken driving by such cl of people who drink in these star category hotels; in recent years. So the exemption if given by the Hon'ble Supreme Court to these hotels and restaurants from ban of liquor along highways then it would certainly defeat the very purpose of curbing road accidents due to drunken driving finalized and enforced via judgements dtd.15/012/2016 & 31/03/2017 by the Hon'ble Supreme Court. Thank you.
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      Sanjay
      May 11, 2017 at 1:06 am
      In many countries, Liqour r sold near highways.. they don't have restriction of 500 Meters... reason daily check up & strong law... After drinking from 500 M, who gaurantee that accident will not happen... Cuz of law loop s, black mkt will rise, only authorities will become rich... Situation is bad... In Towns & village, out of 100 Liqour shops only 6 r running... rest full in black... first stops black mkt... then decide wht u want to do... in small cities and towns the bar r shifting in residents area... Any bewoda(drunker) can tease women, small girls r easy target for them...There many bars which r close state & national highways r running in full swing...Authorities r totally involved in it.. see in google map... check 500 Meters radius range, many bars and wine shops come under 500 meters, Still it is running... kya ka law, kanoon... Paisa hee sab kuch...
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