The Supreme Court's dismissal of a petition that challenged a state's right to denotify stretches of highways passing through cities so that watering holes are not affected by the apex court ban, calls for a toast.
"The notification said that road will be denotified within the limit of city and it does not say that the liquor vends will be regularized", it said.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave its nod to Chandigarh administration's notification denotifying some highways to allow continued sale of liquor from vends within 500 meters of the roads. Tipplers in the city had a moment of joy after the apex court dismissed the petition, but it was short lived as the owners tend to differ on their version of interpreting the order. There has been much news floating around that is not true.
The Supreme Court clarified on Tuesday that the sale of liquor within 500 metres of state or national highways won't fall foul of the law if such routes are within city limits and denotified. "It's the prerogative of the states to do whatever they deem fit", the official added. "It is a double-whammy for us because of the liquor ban and the road works on Church Street".
"If a State has the authority to denotify a highway to the municipal road, then we will test whether it is doing so to violate the SC order".
The apex court also dismissed other interlocutory applications (IAs) of various individuals, hotels, clubs and companies and liquor vendors' associations seeking relief from the earlier order of the apex court saying these are not maintainable.
The High Court had refused to interfere with the decision of the administration and the Supreme Court today declined to entertain the appeal against the same. Rajasthan had also denotified certain sections of state highways passing through populous towns in the state.
April 1, 2017: The judgment became effective, closing down liquor vends, pubs and bars on state and national highways across the nation.↵. "Now we are just waiting for the state government to act at the earliest so that we can go back to normal life again", Ashok Sadhwani, a member of the Bengaluru Pub Owners' Association told TNM.