High Court (India)

January 10, 2017

To Prevent Illegal Activity, CCTV Cameras In Liquor Shops: HC


The Madras High Court t directed authorities to consider a PIL by K Balu, President, Advocates Forum for Social Justice, seeking installation of CCTV cameras in liquor shops and bars so as to prevent any illegal activity. The first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sundar gave the direction on appeal.

K Balu alleged that liquor was sold in several liquor shops even to minors against the law. Such a serious violation goes totally unnoticed because there was no monitoring mechanism.

Several bars are not hygienic, and only a CCTV-based supervision could hold persons responsible for maintaining hygiene in those places, K Balu said.

In the appeal it is said that some people park their vehicles outside the bars and start driving immediately after having drinks, and such drunken driving too could be curbed only if CCTV is installed. There are easy availability of liquor even to minors had been the cause of various criminal offences across Tamil Nadu.

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