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Kerala High Court: No directive to open more Liquor Stores

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Anushka Sharma-

Published On: November 24, 2021 at 12:04 IST

The Kerala High Court noted that while it ordered basic infrastructure, it did not order an increase or decrease in the number of liquor retail shops in the State.

The decision on the number of liquor retail shops is part of the State Government’s policy decision, according to Justice Devan Ramachandran, no Court instruction has been made.

The Court stated during the hearing that the government should ensure that the operation of liquor stores does not create disturbance to the Public, particularly women and children.

The Court stated that people visiting liquor stores are now parking their automobiles on the roads, creating significant inconvenience to the Public, and that the Excise Commissioner should take action to alleviate the situation.

According to a Petition filed by Congressman VM Sudheeran, the Government is increasing the number of liquor retail shops in order to comply with the Court’s ruling.

The Government is allegedly attempting to open 175 new liquor outlets in response to a Court order to take efforts to eliminate excessive lines in front of current outlets, according to the Petition.

Sudheeran has inquired as to whether the Court’s order included an instruction to enhance the number of liquor stores or counters. He’s also asking the Court to put a hold on the plan to establish 175 new stores until his Petition is resolved.

On Thursday, the Court will have another hearing on the matter.

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