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Read Supreme Court Directions On High Way Liquor Ban [Read Judgment]

The Supreme Court of India on Thursday directed the Centre and State Governments to ban sale of liquor along national and state highways.

Here are the directions issued by the three Judge bench headed by Chief Justice Thakur in State of Tamil Nadu Vs K.Balu;

(i) All states and union territories shall forthwith cease and desist from granting licences for the sale of liquor along national and state highways;

(ii) The prohibition contained in (i) above shall extend to and include stretches of such highways which fall within the limits of a municipal corporation, city, town or local authority;

(iii) The existing licences which have already been renewed prior to the date of this order shall continue until the term of the licence expires but no later than 1 April 2017; (iv) All signages and advertisements of the availability of liquor shall be prohibited and existing ones removed forthwith both on national and state highways;

(v) No shop for the sale of liquor shall be (i) visible from a national or state highway; (ii) directly accessible from a national or state highway and (iii) situated within a distance of 500 metres of the outer edge of the national or state highway or of a service lane along the highway.

(vi) All States and Union territories are mandated to strictly enforce the above directions. The Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police shall within one month chalk out a plan for enforcement in consultation with the state revenue and home departments. Responsibility shall be assigned inter alia to District Collectors and Superintendents of Police and other competent authorities. Compliance shall be strictly monitored by calling for fortnightly reports on action taken.

(vii) These directions issue under Article 142 of the Constitution.

Read the Judgment here.

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  • Anirban says:

    What are the people that have the shop as their income source going to do? Is the government compensating them?

  • Karthik mgr says:

    There is no use of taking the bar & restaurant in national highways and state highways according to the judgement if the bar g in side 500mt there will be residence area r school r temple r hospital it will make more law and order problem . Bar in highways people will just pass through but residence area people walk and it will create more problem.

  • Vishal says:

    People who don’t know how good it is can not understand its benefits

  • CornerCubicle says:

    This SC decision is not based on any facts or data rather based on pure assumptions. Statistic data available with NCRB proves the opposite. There is no decrease in accidents in states that have banned liquor. The decision will also lead to infiltration of liquor shops to residential areas in some UTs like Mahe. The current laws ondrunk driving should be enforced strictly rather than these gimmicks.

  • lalit agarwAl says:

    My request to supreme Court is please do not ban on liquor shop ban only on bars where peaples drink the liquor and drive vehicles on highways the supreme Court decision is wrong

  • Sushil Periwal says:

    The supreme court judgment of ban on liquor sale will not effect in anyway the real motive for which the ban has been imposed. Reason, the vendor is only directed to shift their shops. Merely buying a bottle of liquor from a shop never causes any accident.The main culprits are the restaurants and bars who serve liquor in highways where people consume resulting in accidents. They should be banned. There is no reflection in the order of the supreme court and surprisingly not a single observation is made regarding this point in the whole proceedings. Why don”t you totally ban liquor if it is injurious to the society. Like in Bihar. Until and unless the BARS are banned…the main den of the culprits, I do not hope anything will change. My request to please clear the matter with the ministry concerned and let people know what really the judgment depicts.periwal

  • Adv Manoj Birajdar says:

    The decision of sc is good for people.

    • sushil periwal says:

      The supreme court judgment of ban on liquor sale will not effect in anyway the real motive for which the ban has been imposed. Reason, the vendor is only directed to shift their shops. Merely buying a bottle of liquor from a shop never causes any accident.The main culprits are the restaurants and bars who serve liquor in highways where people consume resulting in accidents. They should be banned. There is no reflection in the order of the supreme court and surprisingly not a single observation is made regarding this point in the whole proceedings. Why don”t you totally ban liquor if it is injurious to the society. Like in Bihar. Until and unless the BARS are banned…the main den of the culprits, I do not hope anything will change. My request to please clear the matter with the ministry concerned and let people know what really the judgment depicts.

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