Plea against the Closure of Bars in Kerala Dismissed by Kerala High Court

Published on: 22 Sep, 2014
Published under: Featured, General Kerala News

Kerala High Court have dismissed the plea against the closure of bars in the state in view of the new excise policy declared by the government.

Dismissing the appeals by bar hotel owners, a division bench comprising justice K T Sankaran and Justice P D Rajan recorded that the challenge will not survive in view of the new excise policy declared by the government subsequently.

However, the court said the petitioners can approach the single judge challenging the new excise policy.The bench also closed the proceedings in the impleading petition filed by Congress MLA T N Pratapan following the dismissal of the appeals.

The petitioners had approached the court after the government refused to renew their licenses saying they were substandard.Meanwhile, arguments in a batch of writ petitions challenging the excise policy are being heard by Justice K Surendra Mohan.

Supreme Court senior advocate Indira Jaisingh, representing the bar owners, today addressed the court stating that the government decision to shut down 700 odd bar hotels, except those in the five star category, was arbitrary, discriminatory and illegal.

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