In a significant clarification of its December 15 judgment banning sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways across the country, the Supreme Court has said the ban extends not just to retail liquor outlets but also to bars, pubs and restaurants located on highways.
The court said there was no question of exempting these establishments, as this would be a dilution of its object of preventing drunk driving, which is one of the major killers plaguing Indian roads.
Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who wrote the original judgment on December 15, 2016, clarified in a short order that the object of the court's direction to remove "liquor vends" located within 500 m distance of national, State highways, associated roads and service lanes, was to end drunk driving and no such relaxation ought to be given to establishments like pubs, bars and restaurants.
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