Liquor ban case: SC says in areas where population is less than 20,000 distance will be around 220 meters

By: | Updated: March 31, 2017 4:39 PM

In the final hearing on liquor ban, Supreme Court has ruled that in areas where population is less than 20,000 distance will be around 220 meters instead of 500 meters as ruled earlier.

On December 15, the SC had ordered closure of liqour vends alongside the highways to come into effect from April 1. (Reuters)

In the final hearing on liquor ban, Supreme Court has ruled that in areas where population is less than 20,000 distance will be around 220 meters instead of 500 meters as ruled earlier. On December 15, the SC had ordered closure of liqour vends alongside the highways to come into effect from April 1. However, following this several state liquor associations had resented the decision and told Supreme Court that 500m is much higher and should be reduced. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi also agreed with the associations and said that the 500 metre distance should be reduced. On Wednesday, SC, however, observed that life is more important than liquor.

A Bench, comprising Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and S.K. Kaul, had assured on Tuesday a battery of lawyers led by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that it will ensure that the matters are heard before April 1, 2017.

To that the Chief Justice had said that even if Justice D.Y. Chandrachud is not available tomorrow, I will constitute a separate Bench.”

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On March 28, states like Kerala, Punjab and Telangana approached the court seeking a modification of the order.

On March 23, the Tamil Nadu government had moved the court to extend the time for relocation of retail liquor shops along the highways till the expiry of their license period i.e. up to November 28.

On January 18, the All Assam Indian Made Foreign Liquors Retailers’ Association approached the court seeking a modification of the judgment, saying it virtually banned liquor shops in the State as the definition of State highways in the local statute included all roads.

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