After the Supreme Court stayed a Patna High Court order quashing the Bihar government’s ban on liquor, the Janata Dal (United) has said that the liquor ban cannot only be looked through a legal spectrum; it is also fundamentally wrong to consume alcohol. The JD-U said it is adamant about defending and taking their anti-liquor campaign forward.
JD (U) general secretary and spokesperson of Ajay Alok said, “The Supreme Court has asked all stakeholders to present their cases after ten weeks. We do not comment on any orders given by the Supreme Court, but the liquor ban should not just be looked through the lens of legal procedures. It is wrong fundamentally to consume alcohol, it is wrong to store alcohol and that is why we have imposed a liquor ban and we are adamant to take this decision forward.”
On Friday, an apex court bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra and Uday Umesh Lalit gave the respondents six weeks time to respond, and four weeks to the state government to file its rejoinder.
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The stay on the high court order came on a petition by the government. The bench directed that hearing of the matter would take place after ten weeks.