SC allows bars, pubs to sell liquor within 220m of thinly populated towns along highways
The Supreme Court in December last year banned liquor vends along national and state highways, said they should be at 500m.india Updated: Apr 06, 2017 13:26 IST
The Supreme Court modified on Friday its order banning liquor vends within 500 metres on national and state highways, reducing the distance to 220 metres in areas having a population of up to 20,000.
A bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, however, made it clear that its December 15, 2016, order banning such vends within 500 metres of highways shall remain operative for areas other than specified in Friday’s order.
The bench, also comprising justices DY Chandrachud and LN Rao, said the verdict was given keeping in mind road accidents owing to drunken driving.
It clarified that licences given to liquor vendors prior to the December 15 judgement would be valid up to September 30 this year.
The other liquor vends will have to be shut down from tomorrow (April 1) as per the December 15 judgement.
The 220-metre criterion for allowing liquor vends along highways will also be made applicable to hill states like Sikkim, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh.
The apex court’s decision came on pleas seeking a relook at its verdict banning liquor vends within 500 metres of national and state highways from April 1 with Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi having said that the judgement needs rectification as the “budget of the states will go for a six”.