Supreme Court Says Kerala to Stop Cancelling Bar Licenses


The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday banned the state government of Kerala from cancelling the licenses of bars for now. The court will next hear the case tomorrow which is filed by an association of bar owners against Kerala government’s move towards cancellation of bar licenses.

Based on the government’s recent decision, about 700 bars in Kerala are scheduled to lose their licenses as of Friday.

Kerala government has taken this move to turn the state dry within 10 years.

Only five star hotels will have the licence to serve alcohol with the condition to go dry on Sunday.

The government says that it is ready to face a hole in its income as alcohol causes more harm to the society than to the income of the state.

The bar association says that the tourists will opt for other destinations after this new policy, making the loss unbearable to the state.

Medaram Jathara

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