Kerala hoteliers move SC against liquor ban

By: | Published: April 21, 2015 1:15 AM

Various bar owners from Kerala have challenged the Kerala High Court’s order that upheld the state government’s decision...

Various bar owners from Kerala have challenged the Kerala High Court’s order that upheld the state government’s decision to close down all bars except those in five-star hotels.

A batch of petitions including one by Kerala Classified Hotels & Resorts Association have challenged the Kerala government’s order cancelling the bar licenses of hotels below the category of five star. Seeking a direction to the state government to renew liquor licences, they want to reinstate an order by a single-judge bench of the high court that had allowed four-star bars and heritage bars to operate along with the five-star ones.

Hoteliers submitted that the state government’s liquor policy had no grounds.

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