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SC to hear states' petitions on highway liquor ban

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Supreme will on Wednesday hear various petitions by several states seeking clarification on its order banning sale of along and state

The apex yesterday refused to hear all private Intervention Applications (IAs) in the ban case.

The Supreme had earlier upheld the administration order denotifying to enable functioning of ban within 500 metres distance.

The timing and legality on the case would be decided later when the order comes.

Earlier in March, the apex granted partial relief to state associations regarding banning of stores on state and

Hearing a batch of petitions seeking modification of its December 2016 order banning outlets within 500 metres of state and across the country, the apex bench headed by Chief Justice Khehar said that in those areas where the population was less than 20,000, the distance would be around 220 meters.

Several states, including Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab, Telangana and Haryana and various others had told the apex that 500-metre distance is much higher and should be reduced.

Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi also agreed with the associations and said that the 500-metre distance should be reduced. The apex court, however, observed that life is more important than

The top in its December 15, 2016, order had ruled that licenses of existing shops along and state will not be renewed after March 31.

This was challenged through petitions by several associations across states.

On March 23, the Tamil Nadu government had also moved the top to extend the time for relocation of retail shops along the till the expiry of their licence period up to November 28, 2017.

On January 18, the All Assam Indian Made Foreign Liquors Retailers' Association had approached the apex seeking modification of the judgment, saying it virtually banned shops in the state as the definition of state in the local statute included all roads.

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 03:48 IST