'Liquor Not An Essential': Top Court Dismisses Plea Over Its Counter Sale In Mumbai

The Supreme Courtroom dismissed an enchantment by Maharashtra Wine Retailers Affiliation. (File)

New Delhi:

The Supreme Courtroom has mentioned that liquor just isn’t a vital factor whereas dismissing an enchantment by Maharashtra Wine Retailers Affiliation (MWMA) in opposition to the Bombay Excessive Courtroom order refusing to direct the state to permit over-the-counter sale of liquor in Mumbai.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah mentioned: “The Excessive Courtroom has already permitted the petitioner to signify the matter to the Municipal Company. We see no purpose to entertain this particular depart petition. The particular depart petition is dismissed.”

Advocate Charanjeet Chanderpal, showing for the MWMA, mentioned a illustration was made to Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) as directed by the excessive courtroom but it surely has not responded as but.

He urged the highest courtroom to repair a time-frame on BMC or municipal fee for deciding the illustration of the Affiliation.

The counsel mentioned that on-line sale of liquor has many issues and probabilities of sale spurious liquor are very excessive whereas over-the-counter sale of liquor would forestall such merchandise being offered.

“Liquor just isn’t a vital factor. We aren’t inclined to entertain this plea,” the bench mentioned.

On Could 29, the excessive courtroom had refused to quash the BMC’s order prohibiting over-the-counter sale of liquor within the metropolis, stating that it was the civic physique’s coverage resolution to take action amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

It had refused to quash a notification issued by the civic physique on Could 22, prohibiting over-the-counter sale of liquor and allowing using e-commerce platforms for residence supply of alcohol.

The MWMA within the excessive courtroom had sought a path to the state authorities to allow sale of liquor at wine outlets in Mumbai, which is a COVID-19 pink zone.

The petition had contended that in cities like Pune and Nashik, the place the COVID-19 scenario was just like Mumbai, common counter sale of retail liquor was being permitted.

The MWMA had contended that the system of on-line orders and residential supply of liquor was fraught with difficulties and will have an opposed social impression and was additionally not secure.

The excessive courtroom, nonetheless, mentioned it will be applicable for the petition to be positioned earlier than the town municipal commissioner as a illustration.

The municipal commissioner will have the ability to take an applicable resolution after contemplating all of the components, the courtroom had mentioned.

“This resolution is within the nature of coverage. Such a choice entails analysis of assorted competing components. The scenario could differ from place to put. The related components may also endure a change with passage of time,” the courtroom had mentioned.


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