Supreme Court asks states to consider indirect sale, home delivery of liquor

8 May, 2020 | Priyanka Sharma

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After PIL seeking closure of liquor shops in India to ensure social distancing amid coronavirus lockdown, Supreme Court on Friday asked states to consider indirect sale and home delivery of liquor.

The Supreme Court on Friday suggested that states should consider indirect sale and home delivery of liquor as per its statute and law to avoid crowding at liquor shops amid the ongoing coronavirus-induced lockdown. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan refused to pass any orders on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking clarity on the sale of liquor and to ensure social distancing while it is being sold in liquor shops during the lockdown.

“We will not pass any order but the states should consider indirect sale/home delivery of liquor to maintain social distancing norms and standards,” Justice Ashok Bhushan said while disposing of the petition. The PIL, filed by one Sai Deepak, sought directions for closure of liquor shops for failing to enforce social distancing, which is essential to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The petitioner told the apex court that he only wants that the life of common people is not affected because of crowding at liquor shops during COVID-19. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, another judge in the bench, said that discussion on home delivery is already going on.

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The top court, after hearing the petition complaining about flouting of safety norms at liquor shops, observed that it cannot pass any orders to different states but they should consider online sale and home delivery of liquor.

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