Former Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president V M Sudheeran has knocked on the doors of the Supreme Court against the Left Democratic Front-led (LDF) state government’s move to renew the licences of bars operating along national and state highways.
According to reports in vernacular news channels, Sudheeran filed a petition before the apex court on Monday pointing out that the LDF government’s move to renew licences of bar hotels functioning along national and state highways would amount to a violation of an SC verdict.
The SC had in a verdict announced in December barred sale of liquor along national and state highways. The court directive had also barred renewal of license of liquor shops across highways after March 31, 2017.
The move by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government would put a blemish on the SC verdict barring sale of liquor along highways, Sudheeran said.
The Congress strongman also once again came down on the state government for seeking the counsel of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on the issue.
Mukul Rohatgi had appeared for bar hoteliers in the Supreme Court against the previous Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government’s decision to close down bar hotels other than those having five-star classification as part of their liquor policy of phased prohibition.
The LDF government is planning to renew licences of beer and wine parlours along national and state highways on the basis of legal counsel provided by Mr. Rohatgi that the SC verdict was applicable only to retail outlets and not bar hotels.
Sudheeran had the other day called for Mr. Rohatgi’s resignation as AG alleging that the latter misled the state government by giving wrong advice so as to protect the interests of bar owners, for whom he had appeared before the SC against the previous UDF government.