SC questioned logic behind Kerala's new liquor policy
SC questioned logic behind the Kerala state government’s new policy for limiting bar licenses to only five-star hotels.
The Supreme Court of India on 10 September 2014 questioned logic behind the Kerala state government’s new policy for limiting bar licenses to only five-star hotels. The new policy is a part of a move to implement total prohibition in the State in 10 years.
The new liquor policy of Kerala will lead to shut down of around 70 bars attached to hotels below five-star categories across the state by branding them as sub-standard while five-star hotels will function without any restriction.
The question was raised by the Supreme Court bench of justice AR Dave and U U Lalit on the plea of bar and hotel owners. The Court agreed to examine it. In its direction, the Court ordered the state government not to take any coercive step against the bars and owners, as the bar owners have been directed to shut down from 12 September 2014.
The Bar owners approached the Supreme Court to stay the implementation of the policy till High Court decides on its legality after the Division Bench of the Kerala High Court agreed to hear the affected bar owners plea against the state policy on 18 September 2014.