Published On: Tue, Jul 4th, 2017

Liquor Bar Near Highways But Within City Not Under Ban: Supreme Court

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Highways within city limits are like internal or district roads and hence the ban on liquor sale within 500 metres of highways may no apply, said Supreme Court.

A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said the order was originally passed to bar drivers from access to alcohol on highways and not on busy cities where vehicles run at low speed.

The bench commented while hearing an appeal by NGO Arrive Safe Society of Chandigarh against a Punjab and Haryana high court decision.

Liquor Bar Near Highways But Within City Not Under Ban- Supreme Court

Earlier the apex court was in complete favor of closing liquor vends within 500 metres of state and national highways, but in the latest statement it seems willing to relent and to denotify highways passing through city limits.

The next date to hear the plea of the NGO against Chandigarh administration’s decision to denotify highways passing through city and allow vends to continue operations on July 11.

Meanwhile, citing thousands of workers losing jobs due to the liquor vends ban near to highways the Kerala Bar Hotels and Restaurant Employees Association too has approached the Supreme Court to seek a temporary exemption.

The petition argues rehabilitation of the employees is important before the judgement is enforced.

It added, “It is a fact that there is no appropriate rehabilitation/compensation made available to the employees till today.”

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