No li­cence to liquor shops in sched­uled ar­eas: HC

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Hy­der­abad High Court on Thursday di­rected the TS gov­ern­ment not to grant li­cence to es­tab­lish liquor re­tail out­lets in the sched­uled ar­eas with­out the res­o­lu­tion of the gramsabha. A di­vi­sion bench com­pris­ing Act­ing Chief Jus­tice Ramesh Ran­ganathan and Jus­tice M. Ganga Rao gave the di­rec­tion while dis­pos­ing of an ap­peal by Mr Po­dem Rat­nam chal­leng­ing an or­der of a sin­gle judge.

Mr Rat­nam had moved a writ pe­ti­tion against the gov­ern­ment no­ti­fi­ca­tion to grant li­cence to sell liquor in 17 vil­lages in the sched­uled ar­eas of Jayashankar Bhu­pala­pally dis­trict. A sin­gle judge on Septem­ber 21 is­sued an or­der di­rect­ing the Pro­hi­bi­tion and Ex­cise depart­ment to ad­here to the pro­vi­sions of the Ex­cise Act, 1968, Te­lan­gana (Grant of li­cence of sell­ing by shop land con­di­tions of li­cence) Rules, 2012 and the Pan­chay­ats Ex­ten­sion to Sched­uled Ar­eas (PESA) Rules, 2011, while grant­ing the li­cences. Mr Prab­hakar Chikkudu, coun­sel for Mr Rat­nam, said that no no­ti­fi­ca­tion was is­sued so far in the tribal vil­lages to con­duct gram sab­has. He con­tended that PESA Rule 8 man­dates hold­ing a gramsabha only on whose ap­proval li­cence to run a liquor shop in a village can be granted.

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