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HC dismisses PIL against liquor outlet

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Madras High today made it clear that its November 16, 2016, judgment that no shops could set up if there was an objection from the residents or a resolution of gram sabha against a outlet, was to the particular facts of the case only.

The first bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar gave the order on a PIL by one U Vignesh seeking a direction to permanently close a outlet opened along the state highway at Thadaperumbakkam Village.

Vignesh submitted that the village had passed on May 1, 2017 a resolution stating that no other TASMAC Shop should be opened in the village.

He submitted that about 11,000 people were residing in the village and already a shop was situated in Thiruvottiyur High Road. But without considering it the authorities took steps to open another outlet near the residential area Samudiswari Nagar on May 8. However, after a protest by villagers it was sealed by Tahsildar on May 13.

Later it was again opened on May 25.

The village had passed a resolution at Special Grama Sabha held on May 1 that the authorities should not open any TASMAC shop in the village limit.

He submitted the authorities were arbitrarily functioning by opening the shop against the interests of village people and Grama Sabha resolution, and sought for a direction from the to close outlet.

The bench said the petitioner has not adverted to any specific rule which has been violated in setting up a outlet. "It is contended that the TASMAC shop has been opened on a state highway in contravention of the Judgment of Supreme The Additional Advocate General had submitted that the location of the shop in question is not in violation of the order of Supreme Court" the bench said dismissing the petition.

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 13:48 IST