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SC exempts Arunachal, Andaman-Nicobar from liquor ruling

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a relief to and Islands, the Supreme today relaxed the 500 metre cap on vends across the national and state there.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar relaxed the cap while noting that almost 50 per cent of the state for came from the sale of and 916 shops out of a total of 1011 shops have been affected by the 500 metre cap.

The counsel appearing for said that 80 per cent of the state was covered by forests and, out of a total of Rs 441.61 crore, Rs 210 crore came from sale.

"The counsel appearing for Arunachal Pradesh states that the terrain in the state is similar to that of states of and and, accordingly, state of Arunachal Pradesh deserves parity given to and in the order passed by this on March 31. The prayer is allowed," the bench, also comprising Justices and L N Rao, said.

Similarly, the bench also allowed the prayer of Islands and relaxed the 500 metre cap as per its March 31 order.

The apex had on March 31 said that liquor vends within 500 metres of national and state will have to shut down from April 1, but had exempted the hill states of Sikkim, and and areas having population up to 20,000.

The apex court also dealt with a similar plea of Uttarakhand which is also seeking the relaxation from the cap.

However, the counsel for Uttarakhand could not furnish the data on the loss and was asked to furnish details.

"You provide us the data. We will give you time. We are not agreeable at this stage. You provide the data first," the bench said and posted the matter for hearing next week.

A similar petition filed by Kerala also came up for hearing before the bench but the counsel appearing for the state said he would amend the application.

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 16:32 IST