- States can now denotify highways passing through municipal limits to allow liquor vends to resume business
- The court recognised that there was no attempt to revive vends except those in city limits
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court paved the way on Tuesday for states to denotify highways passing through municipal limits to allow liquor vends to resume business. A bench of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justices DY Chandrachud and LN Rao dismissed a petition challenging a March 30 order of the Punjab and Haryana high court, which had upheld the Chandigarh administration’s decision to denotify stretches of highways passing through the city so as to permit liquor vends to resume sale.
The court recognised that there was no attempt to revive vends except those in city limits. The SC bench had banned liquor vends within 500 metres of national and state highways, an order which came into effect on April 1. The bench had brushed aside vociferous protests by senior advocate CA Sundaram, who had said major five star hotels in Delhi would be banned from serving liquor to guests as these hotels were on both sides of national highways criss-crossing the capital.