Supreme Court Judgement on sale of liquor along national and state highways

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The Supreme Court give a judgement on December 15, 2016 on sale of liquor along national and state highways, the salient facts are given below:

  • All states and union territories shall forthwith cease and desist from granting licences for the sale of liquor along national and state highways;
  • The prohibition contained in (i) above shall extend to and include stretches of such highways which fall within the limits of a municipal corporation, city, town or local authority;
  • The existing licences which have already been renewed prior to the date of this order shall continue until the term of the licence expires but no later than 1 April 2017.
  • All signages and advertisements of the availability of liquor shall be prohibited and existing ones removed forthwith both on national and state highways;
  • No shop for the sale of liquor shall be (i) visible from a national or state highway; (ii) directly accessible from a national or state highway and (iii) situated within a distance of 500 metres of the outer edge of the national or state highway or of a service lane along the highway.
  • All States and Union territories are mandated to strictly enforce the above directions. The Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police shall within one month chalk out a plan for enforcement in consultation with the state revenue and home departments. Responsibility shall be assigned inter alia to District Collectors and Superintendents of Police and other competent authorities. Compliance shall be strictly monitored by calling for fortnightly reports on action taken.

The copy of the judgement is attached for further details.

We will appreciate if this information be given to us latest by December 31, 2016 on the following email ID’s fhrai@vsnl.com; preeti.legal@fhrai.com so that FHRAI can give a suitable representation to the Government. We are in the process of collecting data from all our members who may be affected by the Supreme Court order. Kindly voice your concern.

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