The court had observed that there was slow-moving traffic near cities and the idea behind its verdict, banning the liquor vends, was to ensure that nobody drives fast on highways.
The court, meanwhile, refused the plea for urgent hearing of review petitions, filed by liquor shop, bars and restaurant owners, challenging the verdict in an open court.
In December, the apex court had banned the sale of liquor within 500 metre of national and state highways, except in Meghalaya and Sikkim.
In July, Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands were also exempted from the ban.
Later, some areas in Uttarkhand and other hill states were also exempted from the ban order.
( Source – PTI )