Monday, December 28, 2015

No Bar, SC approves Kerala Govt’s liquor policy

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday has approved Kerala Government’s liquor policy.

Pronouncing the verdict, a two-member bench said all pleas challenging the government’s liquor policy restricting the sale and consumption of liquor at the bars in five star hotels are being dismissed.

The closed bars will not open, the court said.

The batch of petitions by the Kerala Bar Hotel Association and others had contended that the new policy that permitted only the five star hotels to sell and serve liquor bars in their hotels was discriminatory to other hotels.

The liquor policy restricting the sale and consumption of liquor at the bar benefitted 24 five-star hotels in the state and it was upheld by the Kerala High Court on March 31.

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