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Bihar liquor ban: SC refuses to extend license of four companies

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The Supreme on Tuesday refused to extend license of four companies in

The apex has also asked the High to constitute a bench and hear the matter in a time bound manner and dispose it by May 10.

The four companies had knocked the doors of the top court, seeking an extension of their licenses and hear their pleas.

However, the bench headed by Justice refused to grant any relief to the four companies.

The had in January moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of plea against the ban legislation from the High Court.

Alcohol companies had earlier moved the High Court against the liquor ban.

The new legislation banning sale and consumption of alcohol, including Indian-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) as well as spiced and domestic liquor, prescribes harsher punishment for possession and consumption of alcohol.

The apex court, last October, had stayed the Patna High Court's order quashing the notification banning consumption and sale of liquor in

The apex court had admitted Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led Bihar Government's plea and also issued notice to Confederation of Alcoholic Beverage Companies.

The state had moved the apex court challenging the High Court's order of striking down the Bihar Prohibition of Liquor Act.

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First Published: Tue, March 21 2017. 12:51 IST