#liquorban: Notice Issued To Punjab Government For Circumventing Supreme Court Orders
By Team Legistify / 2017-07-01

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The Punjab and Haryana High Court yesterday issued notice to the Government of Punjab, in a petition filed by the NGO ‘Arrive Safe Society’ challenging the Punjab Excise (Amendment) Bill 2017.

Two months after the Supreme Court’s ban on sale of liquor 500 metres from National and State Highways, the Punjab Assembly has passed the Punjab Excise (Amendment Bill) 2017 amending the Punjab Excise Act, 1914.

The Bill has been passed to enable hotels, restaurants and other notified places near highways in the state to supply alcohol circumventing the Supreme Court order.

A Vacation Bench of Justice Anita Chaudhry and Justice Harminder Singh Madaan has now sought the response of the Punjab Government as to why the amendment made by it should not be stayed until a final decision.

The Petition, filed by the President of Arrive Safe Society, Harman Singh Sidhu, has alleged that the Punjab Government has brought these amendments just to dodge the Supreme Court orders. The petition further alleges that the amendment cleverly tries to distinguish between sale of liqour ’ and ‘ supply of liqour .

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