Kerala High Court on Tuesday allowed the 312 liquor bars to function until December 12 following a petition from the bar hotel owners.
The bar hotel owners pleaded in the high court that as their petitions challenging the new liquor policy of the state government were pending in the high court, the bars should be allowed to function until the final hearing. The court granted their plea and allowed them to operate the bar hotels until December 12. Earlier, the high court had allowed the bar hotels to function until the end of November.
Meanwhile, a division bench of the court did not allow the petition of the state government that the single bench’s directive to give liquor licence for four star and heritage hotels be stayed. However, the court admitted the petition.