Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday expressed his happiness and satisfaction at the ban of alcohol in the state. Addressing the public, he opined that it was not right to create a disturbance with the positive change due to one’s urge to drink a peg or two. He advised people to turn off the lights and drink juice, which according to him provides with the same experience. Earlier this year the state CM had also asked the Indian Prime Minister to ban liquor throughout the country. Speaking on the Yoga Day, he had said that those addicted to alcohol couldn’t perform Yoga. He had opined that Yoga would be useless if liquor was not banned.
Though the prohibition has come under a lot of scrutinies as some even termed it as a draconian law. The prohibition is said to have harmed the revenue of the state in a big way and has also encouraged illegal bootlegging. According to an analysis by PRS Legislative Research, the prohibition is also in contravention of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution. For anyone found to be consuming or even in possession of alcohol, the Act says that family members of the person will be held responsible; as will be the owners if the tenants participate in the “illegal” activity. This law also says that if a teenage boy has consumed alcohol under the roof of his father, the father would have to face a jail time of at least 10 years or a fine of at least 1 lakh.
The prohibition is said to be in the violation of the Article 14, that provides equality before the law since family members or neighbours are liable to be held criminally responsible for the actions of someone else. The Article 21 says that one one can be deprived of their lives or personal property except according to a ‘procedure established by law’.