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Exemption to liquor vends on highways in municipalities apply

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today said its order exempting from ban the shops within 500 metres of state and national running through municipal areas would be applicable across the country.

A bench comprising Chief Justice and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said it would pass a classificatory order on the plea of government, which was asked the Madras High to approach the top for clarification on the issue.

The apex court, which had banned the sale of within 500 meters of across the country, had on July 11 this year, relaxed the scope of its verdict and allowed shops alongside in municipal areas on a filed with regard to Union Territory of

The Madras High Court, taking note of the government's recent decision to allow liquor shops on highways in municipal areas, said the apex court's relaxation might be confined to alone and asked the state to seek clarification from the top court.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Tamil Nadu, said the July 11 order was clear. However, a clarification was needed.

"The High Court says municipal areas in the Supreme Court order means only areas in Punjab and not in Chennai. The Chief Justice Bench of the High Court wants a clarification whether the exemption applies only to Chandigarh," Rohatgi said.

"Well, why should the High Court think that? If our order applies for municipal areas in Chandigarh, it will apply equally for municipal areas across the country," the bench said and posted the matter after two weeks for hearing and passing a requisite classificatory order.

The apex court had earlier clarified that its order banning sale of liquor within a distance of 500 metres along national and state highways would not extend to municipal areas.

The top court, on December 15, 2016, had banned sale of liquor within 500 metres of state and national highways across the country.

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First Published: Mon, November 13 2017. 20:42 IST