In a recent news, Supreme Court has confirmed the ban on liquor vends on the highways within a distance of 500 metres.
It was reported that the states which will mostly get affected by this decision will be Kerala and Goa. In Goa, there are 2.289 bars which will be shut due to the latest order given by the Supreme Court.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar said in a statement, “The objective is to check drunken driving and so there is no dilution of the original order passed by this court. Drunken driving as the objective is a major cause of road accidents in the country”.
Justice Chandrachud, who wrote the judgment, said in a statement, “We have not tested the excise policy. You have no freedom to drink and drive on the national highway”.
However, following the verdict of the apex court, some liquor vendors’ associations from states like Kerala, Punjab and Telangana has moved to the Supreme Court and are seeking for the modification in the decision.