The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday reserved judgment on two petitions challenging the excise policy notified by the Haryana government for the financial year 2015-16.
A non-governmental organisation (NGO), ArriveSafe Society, and another private party had challenged the policy, seeking its quashing and further directions to the state to not auction any liquor vends accessible or visible from national or state highways and service lanes abutting them. The petitioner had alleged that in the policy, the exact location of the proposed liquor vends had not been disclosed by the government.
The Haryana government on Thursday submitted its reply and policy before the high court, defending its move and stating that it was as per laid-down rules and not in violation of the orders of the court on the same. After the arguments from the petitioners and the government counsel, the HC bench of acting chief justice SJ Vazifdar reserved the order.