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Madras HC orders closure of illegal bars across TN

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The on Tuesday ordered the concerned authorities to immediately close all illegal bars across and file a report by February 20.

Expressing surprise over a submission made on behalf of the state government, which stated that 3,326 FIRs had been against illegal bars, the court directed the home, to shut them all forthwith.

The division bench comprising Justice S Manikumar and Justice passed the order after a petition from a resident, D Prabakaran, sought a direction against fraudulent acts in State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) with regard to issuing and collection of license fees from bars.

It was submitted before the bench that during April-December 2018 surprise checks were conducted by and district managers of TASMAC and they found that 2,505 illegal bars were being run.

The head office squad detected 20 illegal bars and the deputy collectors and the flying squad detected 801 bars.

The petitioner alleged fraud in issuing purchase bills, rendering periodical accounts to the government, collection of license fees from the TASMAC bars, charging of excess rate, all of which cause loss to the exchequer.

He submitted that TASMAC allows illegal bars to run without maintaining hygiene and alleged that these bars do not display the price list of the eatables, which are sold at exorbitant rates. Besides, the bars don't have basic amenities like water and toilet facilities.

The petitioner said he moved court after his representations to authorities did not receive any response.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 22:25 IST
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