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SC stays Madras HC order asking Tamil Nadu to close liquor shops in state

Lawyer Yogesh Kanna, appearing for the state government, said the top court issued notices to those who had filed the pleas in the high court seeking closure of the liquor outlets in the state

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Tamil Nadu government | E Palaniswami | Tamil Nadu liquor sales

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A view of the Supreme Court | Photo: PTI
A view of the Supreme Court | Photo: PTI

The Friday stayed the order which had asked the to close state-run liquor vends on the ground that there was violation of guidelines meant to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following the stay on the high court order by the apex court the state-owned liquor shops may reopen in the state.

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A bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao, S K Kaul and B R Gavai stayed the May 8 order of the High Court after taking note of the appeal of government firm Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) which sells alcoholic beverages in the state.

Lawyer Yogesh Kanna, appearing for the state government, said the top court issued notices to those who had filed the pleas in the high court seeking closure of the liquor outlets in the state.


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The on May 8 had moved the challenging the high court order saying that the closure of such shops would lead to "grave losses" in revenue and complete halt in commercial activities.

The had on last Friday ordered closure of liquor outlets noting that there were huge crowds and no social distancing was being maintained by tipplers. It, however, allowed doorstep delivery of booze through online mode.

First Published: Fri, May 15 2020. 15:46 IST
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