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Toddy shops' closure on highways: SC seeks Kerala's response

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today asked the to file an listing out the practical difficulties in relocating the shops in the state which have been shut following its order to close down shops along across the country.

The bench comprising and Justices A M Khanwilkar and asked the state to file the within four weeks.

Raju Ramachandran, appearing for the Shop Licensee Association, told the that over 625 shops were shut in the state and more than 3,000 workers were rendered jobless.

He also told the that toddy has been considered differently from other forms of as it is a natural drink and is not as intoxicating as other forms of alcoholic drinks.

It has no role in accidents due to drunken driving on highways, Ramachandran said.

He also said that there was hardly any big roads in where vehicles can be driven at a very high speed.

The association has been seeking modification of the apex court order banning shops alongside within 500 metres on grounds that toddy does not fall under the category of alcoholic beverages.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 21:30 IST
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