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December 22, 2017

No merit in PIL seeking liquor ban: SC


Rejecting a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), seeking ban on liquor across India, the Supreme Court also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh as costs on the petitioner.

Justices R F Nariman and Navin Sinha said, “There is ‘no merit’ in the plea. The case is dismissed along with the costs to be deposited with the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee within four weeks.”

The petition filed by an NGO ‘Chaitanya Sravanthi’, had blamed liquor consumption for the increase in crime rates and health problems in the society.

Asking the court to order an audit of the manufacturing, distribution, supply, sale and consumption of various types of liquor in the country; the petitioner said, “The ill-effects of consumption of alcoholic beverages were contrary to the Right to Life enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution, besides being contrary to the fundamental principles of governance under Article 37 and 47 of the Directive Principles of State Policy.”

The plea also sought an action plan with regard to creation of awareness on the ill-effects of consumption of liquor and stringent action against the suppliers of alcoholic beverages by strengthening the investigative mechanism, besides seizure and confiscation of stocks.

“The availability and access to liquor have deleterious effects on both physical and psychological well-being of individual, besides having serious societal implications,” it said, adding that the free availability of liquor was correlated to crime, accidents and fatalities.

The plea also sought strict implementation of restrictions and regulations on sale of liquor to minor; setting up of liquor shops near schools and temples and conduct of awareness campaign regarding ill-effects of liquor at par with that of tobacco.

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