The order came after a high power committee formed by the state government to inquire into granting of liquor licenses and loss of employment and state revenue suggested that bars and wine shops having licences before March 18, 2005, may be allowed to reopen as the distance restriction of 500 metres was introduced only on that day.
A petition was filed by the All Assam India Made Foreign Liquor Retailers' Association pleading modification of an earlier order by the court passed on July 9 directing closure of all liquor shops and bars within a radius of 500 metres of educational institutions and religious places.
The high court had passed another order on August 24 allowing reopening of bars and liquor shops, which were granted licenses till March 13, 2000.
There are 303 liquour shops and 128 bars in the city and following the latest order, about 22 liquor shops will still remain closed.
The next date of hearing in the case was fixed on November 26.