Liquor ban back in Bihar after Apex Court stays Patna high court order
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a Patna high court order that quashed a Bihar government notification banning the sale and consumption of liquor in the state.
The order came on an appeal by the Nitish Kumar government, which said that the high court’s September 30 verdict impeded its efforts to bring about complete prohibition.
Two days after the high court quashed the order, the state government – on Gandhi Jayanti – drew up a new anti-liquor law with harsher provisions for violators. These included placing all adults in a house under arrest in the event of liquor being recovered from its premises.
The apex court is likely to consider whether an individual can claim liquor consumption as his/her fundamental right under the Constitution. Kumar and his government announced prohibition to fulfil an election promise earlier this year to women in a state where alcoholism is a problemlem in many families. ApproximaApproximately 16,000 people were bookedbook for flouting the prohibitionhibition law since it camcame into force on