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Supreme Court directs to ban liquor shops on state highways

The apex court, however, said that the shops can operate till period they were having their licenses. No further renewal of their licenses would be made. The bench set a deadline of April 1, 2017 for expiry of all existing licenses and directed the authorities to ensure strict compliance with

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima DwivediBy Arnima Dwivedi

Published on 15 Dec 2016 6:11 AM GMT

Supreme Court directs to ban liquor shops on state highways
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed to close all liquor shops along all the national and state highways.

The verdict was given by the division bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur who stated that all the licenses of liquor shops in and around the National Highways in all the states should be closed. "No new license for a vend along highways shall be granted henceforth," the CJI said.

The apex court, however, said that the shops can operate till period they were having their licenses. No further renewal of their licenses would be made. The bench set a deadline of April 1, 2017 for expiry of all existing licenses and directed the authorities to ensure strict compliance with its order.

What else the SC ordered against liquor shops:

  • No liquor shops should even be visible from highways and no such shop should be allowed at least within a radius of 500 metres.
  • Chief Secretaries of the state governments and police chiefs should chalk out a plan after deliberating with excise and municipal authorities to make sure all orders are implemented.

Arnima Dwivedi

Arnima Dwivedi

A journalist, presently working as a sub-editor with newstrack.com. I love exploring new genres of humans and humanity.

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