Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Hotels, recreation clubs move HC on liquor ban

Hotels, recreation clubs move HC on liquor ban

The liquor ban imposed by Supreme Court is likely to affect banquet halls and party places within 500 metres of the highways as the Haryana government is unlikely to issue temporary licences for consumption of liquor during functions.

The transport and highways ministry officials confirmed that they were receiving a number of requests from various states to designate some highways as district roads since the Supreme Court passed its order.

Addressing the meeting, he said, "There is no bigger crime than domestic violence being faced by the women".

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today appealed to people to not take law in their hands during the protest against shifting of liquor vends from highways to populated areas.

Talking to TOI, excise minister Jai Pratap Singh said that on the lines of SC's order on highways, the state government has made a decision to keep the liquor shops at a similar distance from hospitals, schools and religious places.

The court has given the above order in response to the petition filed by bar owners against Excise department's action of closing down bars along roads not notified as highways by the government.

"The State government officials had misconstrued the Supreme Court order and began implementing it even with respect to the clubs", he contended.

The Chief Minister also said the liquor shops should be located away from religious places, educational institutes and populated area as per laid down norms and parameters.

Bhatnagar said that several incidents have been highlighted in which the liquor shop has been vandalized and robbed, adding that instruction has been given to the District Magistrate to prevent such incidents from taking place.

Directives have also been issued for initiating action in case any liquor shop is found violating the norms, Sharma, who has been assigned to brief the media, said. Of this 112 accused persons have been arrested, the statement said.

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