High court strikes down Nitish’s liquor ban in Bihar
Total prohibition in Bihar ceased to exist from Friday with the Patna high court striking down a ban on Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) in the state, dealing a body blow to chief minister Nitish Kumar’s pet initiative.
But tipplers’ joy may be short lived as the state government plans to go ahead with a modified version of the prohibition law – with more stringent measures – on Sunday, despite questions about its legality.
In a 150-page judgment, the HC quashed an April 5 notification that banned the manufacture, consumption and sale of IMFL, saying the order was “ultra vires to the Constitution, hence not enforceable”.
Sources said the government is planning to approach the Supreme Court against the HC order. At the moment, with the new act not notified yet and the old act quashed, Bihar is without prohibition of IMFL until Sunday.