The Supreme Court on Thursday directed, closure of all liquor shops along National and State highways in the country. The decision was taken by a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur.
The apex court in its order said that all the licenses of liquor shops in and around the National Highways in all states would be cancelled and also the bench set a deadline of April 1, 2017 for expiry of all existing licenses and directed the authorities to ensure every thing falls under compliance with the order.
SC also added that no sign of liquor shops should even be visible from highways and no licenses should be allowed to operate within a radius of 500 metres.
The Supreme Court asked the chief secretaries of state government’s to chalk out a plan after deliberating with excise and municipal authorities to make sure the smooth implementation of its orders.