New Delhi: The Nitish Kumar led government in Bihar faced a huge blow on Friday September 30 after the Patna High Court struck down the state’s act of prohibiting the liquor in the state terming it ‘illegal’.
Bihar became the dry state on April 5, 2016, in order to fulfil a promise he had made to women before the assembly elections in the state, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had announced a complete ban on liquor in the state with immediate effect.
Previously this year, the Bihar CM had also claimed that there had been a drastic decline in the number of crimes in just few months after complete prohibition was imposed in the state. “Heinous crimes have come down by 15% in last two months,” Nitish Kumar had said.
#FLASH Patna High Court strikes down Bihar Govt’s Prohibition of Liquor Act, terms it “illegal”
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While on the other hand, the Supreme Court also dismissed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashwani Upadhaya’s plea, seeking a complete ban on liquor across the nation.