The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court reserved judgment on the issue of ban on liquor shops and bars on highways for the third time on Tuesday.
Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Rohit Deo reserved the verdict on the plea of bar owners. These bar owners’ establishments fall under the jurisdiction of Gram Panchayats.
However, while modifying the verdict, the Supreme Court didn’t mention Gram Panchayats. The Supreme Court also excluded liquor vendors on highways under the jurisdiction of Municipal Corporation, Council and Nagar Panchayat limits.
A notification and a letter by Excise Commissioner Ashwini Joshi based on it had been issued by the government after being censured in the last hearing by State Home Department's Joint Secretary PH Wagde.
One more notification has been filed by the additional government pleader Ketki Joshi, issued by Nagpur Excise Superintendent Swati Kakde. The notification informs that they had already granted approval to16 shops in Nagpur and 22 in Yavatmal coming under municipal limits the after court's directives on Thursday. The notification also informed that these shops got valid five-year licenses.
Many wine shops and bar owners had not renewed their licenses after Supreme Court's two landmark orders of December 15 and March 31, Kakde further informed.
Information source: Times of India