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April 26, 2017

Madras HC Orders TN govt to not open liquor shops run by Tasmac for 3 months

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While hearing a petition filed by Opposition parties against a government circular that had ordered local bodies to takeover state highways, the Madras High Court on April 25 ordered the AIADMK-ruled Tamil Nadu government to not open any liquor shops run by the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Ltd (Tasmac) for the next three months.

The Opposition parties had alleged that the government circular was an attempt to circumvent the SC order banning liquor shops near highways.

The DMK and the Advocates Forum for Social Justice (legal wing of PMK) had moved the high court on April 24 against a circular issued by the Commissioner of Municipal Administration dated April 21. According to the notice, all state highways are to be handed over to respective corporations and municipalities for easy maintenance.

According to the petition filed by the Opposition parties, the government circular was a clear attempt on part of the state government to circumvent the order of the SC banning liquor shops within 500 meters of national and state highways.

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