Noticing that even after the court directions of removing liquor vends beside national highways in Punjab and Haryana before March 31, such vends were operating illegally in Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday issued a notice of motion to the Punjab government.
A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Arrive Safe Society, had filed an application in an ongoing case on Wednesday, informing the court that though the matter regarding the removal of liquor vends beside state highways was pending before the Supreme Court, the Punjab government had not even bothered to remove such vends beside national highways.
The high court had in its March 18 order directed Punjab and Haryana governments to ensure that liquor vends would neither come up beside national as well as state highways nor would these be set up at a visible distance from such highways.
Appearing for the petitioner organisation, advocate AK Jain informed the court on Wednesday that the Punjab government, without bothering about drunk driving road accidents, had again issued tenders to liquor vends beside national highways despite court orders.
On this, the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli directed the state government to file its reply by July 22.