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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                    Dev Verma
                    Oct 2, 2016 at 1:20 pm
                    Courts order was a tight slap on nitish's ego but still rumbling to prove he's above the law and can force his bits. These politicians always cares for useless things instead put more energy where actually required to probe better system in all public life. Why in bihar still a gunda Raj and people like lalu and sons are mantri of no use. People of bihar should try to recognize wolf nitish in lambs clothing.
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                      Dinesh Garg
                      Oct 3, 2016 at 2:48 am
                      What is your opinion?Once a time Haryana was a dry state, but it becomes true that liqure addict persons go to nearby stations of himachal to drink, then there family members become more buried about there because of there health and for trevalling expenditures. Then ladies of haryana made pressure to government to open the liqure.
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                        DINESH KUMAR
                        Oct 2, 2016 at 5:10 pm
                        NITISH KUMAR NE SHARAB TO BAND KARA DIYE YAH BAHUT ACHHI BAAT HAI JINKE YAHA IS KAROBAR SE CHULHA JALTA THA AB WE KYA KARE KYUKI UNKE LIYE KISI BHI TARAH KA KAROBAR NAHI DIYA AB WE KARE TO KYA KARE.
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                          gsbuch
                          Oct 2, 2016 at 11:10 am
                          It has become a fashion and practice of Chief Ministers to defy the decisions of superior courts. Even BCCI is also contemplating to defy Supreme court. Where all these shall lead to. Karnataka is acting in name of people and so does Bihar. One is full of intellectuals and the other is bereft of it. It is a paradox that both behave in the same way. The Superior courts acts suo moto sometiems against criminals. But why it does it not do so in civil cases. I wish courts enforce their decisions.
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                            harshraj
                            Oct 2, 2016 at 1:30 pm
                            Cherry picking hian principles liqour ban is compliant with freedom of individual but protection of cattle something hi campaigned for is not, the hypocrisy is palpable.
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                              Venkataraman Jagadesan
                              Oct 2, 2016 at 8:06 pm
                              What a foolish act on the part of Bihar Govt; to again bring prohibition when it was struck down by the HC? They had no sense of shame to allow the Goon to get bail from the same HC? Is it not a JUNGLE RAJ ? Now who will obey a foolish order by imposing the prohibition again? How can the prohibition be imposed when all the neighboring states are not having prohibition? Jai HInd.
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                                Kumar Jayant
                                Oct 2, 2016 at 12:50 pm
                                Banning liqor and allowing indecent sight of 'kudaas' on roads and around socities greet Nitish ji following hian ideals.No matter For how many years I have been living in state capital Patna; one of most reckless thing never changed i.e garbage look of capital's road and socities.Stop playing trump card ministers and please do those task which really needs to the people of Bihar.
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                                  sam
                                  Oct 3, 2016 at 1:13 am
                                  gov ban liquor but on the other side we can see that gov will give license to selling the liquor. does it make sense.
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                                    IISc
                                    Oct 2, 2016 at 11:15 am
                                    The begining of the end of rule of law being ushered in by our politicians who have so far stopped with looting money - now looting values also!!
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                                      M Vyas
                                      Oct 2, 2016 at 7:02 pm
                                      CM Laluprasad acting and dummy CM Nitish both are fanatic.
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                                        Ashok Mazumdar
                                        Oct 2, 2016 at 10:46 am
                                        Jai Ho Bharat Matalt;br/gt;Is Murkh Ko Kuch Nahi Aata.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Govt must fall now in Bihar.
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                                          Manu kumar
                                          Oct 3, 2016 at 6:41 am
                                          Well done Nitish Kumar (hon'ble CM).keep it up .It is true nation builder step .Hatts off to u.
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                                            masa
                                            Oct 3, 2016 at 10:20 am
                                            Bihar has become bimaru even in the field of new Ideas. !! Nothing to show towards progress, Nitish is selling old wine in new bottle... Ha Ha Ha
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