Bihar becomes dry state again, Nitish Kumar enforces new law to ban liquor

At a special Cabinet convened on Sunday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other members of his Cabinet took a pledge that the government would continue with prohibition which is "ushering positive social change" in the state.

By: PTI | Patna | Updated: October 3, 2016 1:27 pm

 

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Two days after the Patna High Court quashed its order on prohibition, Bihar government on Gandhi Jayanti Sunday came out with a new law banning liquor with more harsh provisions like arrest of all adults in the event of recovery of the contraband in their house. The government notified the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 to ensure that the ban on sale and consumption of alcohol including Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) as well spiced and domestic liquor continued in the state.

At a special Cabinet convened on Sunday, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other members of his Cabinet took a pledge that the government would continue with prohibition which is “ushering positive social change” in the state.

Besides retaining many provisions of the previous one, the new liquor law has some more stringent provisions including enhancing duration of imprisonment, hiking amount of fine, arrest of all adults in case of recovery of liquor bottle from a house and collective fine on a place in case of habitual violation of prohibition.

Principal Secretary (Cabinet Secretariat) Brajesh Mehrotra usually briefs media about Cabinet decisions, but today the Chief Minister himself took the mike and answered all queries.

The CM told reporters that the new liquor law, brought into force from today, would be a real tribute to the Father of the Nation when the state is readying to observe the centenary celebration of Gandhiji’s Champaran Satyagraha against British rule from the state in early 2017. The new liquor law came into force in Bihar barely two days after the Patna High Court had on Friday quashed its April 5 notification describing it as ultra vires of Constitution.

The new Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 after approval from both Houses of state Legislatures on August 4, got the consent of Governor Ram Nath Kovind on September 7 last.

The CM told reporters that after receiving the approval from Governor, the state Cabinet had in its meeting on September 14 last gave it a nod for notification from October 2.

Principal Additional Advocate General Lalit Kishore who had attended a high level meeting convened by the CM hours after the HC order on Friday which had quashed its April 5 notification describing it as ultra vires of Constitution, made it clear that the Division Bench of Chief Justice Iqbal Ahmad Ansari and Justice Navnati Prasad Singh had quashed the April 5 notification on prohibition and did not say anything about the Amended Excise Act.

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    IML sood
    Oct 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm
    An interesting battle will be in days to come between Patna HC and astate Govt. as both have to work under consution of the country.Result will be anybody guess.
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      ajay
      Oct 15, 2016 at 11:38 am
      prohibition restriction controls do not work these r silly populist ideas impractical today v need a pragmatic approach its upto us to drink eat what and not govt should stop force.
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        ajay
        Oct 3, 2016 at 7:20 pm
        very good this is what needed.
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          a s
          Oct 2, 2016 at 1:33 pm
          The action of Bihar government appears to be more stringent this time. However, it is to be seen what results it produce.
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            ashok
            Oct 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm
            If the embly pes law against Court verdict then it's better to close the courts forever
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              Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
              Oct 2, 2016 at 12:26 pm
              Did Nitish Kumar do the same Siddharamaiya technique when he byped the Cauvery order of Supreme Court? It looks that Supreme Court and all other courts will have to have their own law enforcement agencies. Supreme Court cannot ask Karnataka police to take Siddharamaiya into custody nor Patna HC ask Bihar police to take Nitish Kumar into custody. India's judiciary versus state is getting more and more interesting.
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                Kaliyug
                Oct 2, 2016 at 7:26 pm
                Without education no prohibition is going to work, it is the people who have to stop the consumption of illegal liquor and legal liquor, unfortunately the politicians think that they are reducing alcohol due to the ban, which is a big JOKE. The police and politicians are making money with cheap liquor being sold at premium prices, it is just another b of food stolen from the Cattle by Lalloo Yadav, this time it is liquor at high prices by Nitish.
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                  Girish
                  Oct 2, 2016 at 3:24 pm
                  Not Good step by Respected CMlt;br/gt;Increase in duty structure and MRP can also reduced the buyer capacity.lt;br/gt;Neighbouring states are enjoying with increases in revenue generation.lt;br/gt;We should me more vigilant against criminal.lt;br/gt;My thing at extreme will cause of revolution, rules made were purely against humanity.
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