Ban on liquor in Bihar is here to stay for now as the Supreme Court on Friday stayed Patna High Court’s judgment setting aside liquor ban in the state. This development comes days after the Bihar government on Monday moved the apex court challenging the Patna HC order quashing the notification banning consumption and sale of liquor in the state.
The appeal against the high court’s September 30 decision was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur which agreed to give Bihar government an urgent hearing on Friday.
The petition, which was mentioned through senior advocate Rajiv Dhavan and advocate Keshav Mohan, urged the apex court to stay high court order, quashing the government notification to ban liquor. However two days after the high court quashed the order on prohibition, Bihar government on Gandhi Jayanti came out with a new law banning liquor with harsher provisions like arrest of all adults in the event of recovery of the contraband in their house.
In its notification, 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.