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HC orders closure of 110 TASMAC shops functioning in

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Observing that the law was applicable to individuals as well as government establishments like TASMAC, the Friday ordered the immediate closure of 110 state-owned liquor shops across Tamil Nadu that were functioning from unauthorised buildings.

A division bench of Justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad passed the order on a PIL by Nallaswamy seeking to close a State Marketing Corporation Limited (TASMAC) shop opened in an agricultural land in district.

It also directed the authorities concerned to produce planning permission of 2,728 such shops located in village panchayats.

Noting that opened shops in buildings, where there was no planning permission, solely for the purpose of revenue, the court said when an individual has to follow the provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act,it cannot be breached or diluted by the company.

Law is applicable to both, it said.

The general made a submission that would collect the planning permission from the land owners of the building within three weeks' time.

To this, the bench said it was not inclined to accept the request.

Authorities could have very well ascertained from the Town and Country Planning authorities/local bodies, where the buildings are located and not necessarily from the building owners, the judges said.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 22:15 IST