The Madras High Court on Tuesday restrained the Tamil Nadu government from opening/reopening or relocating liquor shops along or abutting the national or state highways in the southern state for three months.
The first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar said, “There shall be an order of injunction restraining the state from setting up or opening or relocating any liquor shops abutting/along national highways or state highways, running through the state, for a period of three months”
The DMK and the Advocates Forum for Social Justice approached the Madras HC, seeking to halt any move by the AIADMK government to bypass the Supreme Court order. The order upholds a ban on liquor vends within 500 metres of national and state highways.
The Commissioner of Municipal Administration, on April 21 dated issued a circular, directing the officers to handover roads, belonging to various departments, including state highways, to the respective municipalities, says a report. According to the report, the order was issued purportedly with the intention to properly maintain such roads.