Liquor ban on highways: Bombay HC refuses to grant relief to shop owners

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday refused to pass any immediate direction on petitions filed by owners of shops along highways against the order to close down.

Liquor shop owner had demanded stay on SC's order on banning  liquor shops 500 meters from highways. Reuters

Liquor shop owner had demanded stay on SC's order on banning liquor shops 500 meters from highways. Reuters

A vacation bench of justices B P Colabawalla and A M Badar said the petitions would be posted for hearing on 7 June, before a regular bench.

"We are not going to pass orders without (hearing) the state's stand. Heavens are not going to fall in four days," said Justice Colabawalla.

Owners of liquor outlets from Thane, Pune, Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara districts have moved the court against orders of the collectors/excise superintendents directing them to shut the shop forthwith.

The orders followed the Supreme Court's ban on liquor vends within 500 metres of national and state highways from 1 April.

The petitioners have claimed that the apex court's order did not apply to them as these shops were located along state roads and not highways.


Published Date: Jun 01, 2017 12:29 pm | Updated Date: Jun 01, 2017 12:29 pm


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