The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Kerala government’s liquor policy restricting service and consumption of liquor at bars in five-star hotels only.
An apex court bench comprising Justice Vikramjit Sen and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh in their judgement pronounced on Tuesday said that petitions challenging the Kerala liquor policy are dismissed and the Kerala High Court judgement sustaining the liquor policy is upheld.
The liquor policy, upheld by the apex court, allows service of liquor at bars in five star hotels only. Under the policy, the sale and consumption of liquor at the bars in hotels below five-star is prohibited.
As per the reports, only 26 five-star hotels will be serving the liquor now. Liquor would not be available in local bars and shops.
It comes as a massive setback for the liquor companies in Kerala and the sellers who have fighting for a long time demanding the government to ensure that this ban is not implemented.