A Punjab and Haryana high court bench on Monday gave the Punjab government two days to remove liquor vends abutting national highways in the state.
During the resumed hearing, the division bench of justice AK Mittal and justice Ramendra Jain directed the state excise and taxation commissioner to file an affidavit on November 19, while ensuring that the high court orders are complied with.
On October 19, the petitioner non-governmental organisation (NGO) - Arrive Safe Society - had supplied photographs of 32 liquor vends alleging that all these were functioning along the national highways in contravention to the HC orders.
The HC bench was hearing a petition wherein the excise policy of Punjab was challenged alleging violation of the court orders of March 2015. Another petition filed by the NGO alleging the contempt of court has also been clubbed with the matter.
In 2014, the high court had ordered that no liquor vend should be accessible or visible from the national highways or service lanes.