Court dismisses plea to close liquor shops
Chennai: The Madras High Court today dismissed a PIL seeking a direction to the authorities to close down liquor shops in flood-hit areas of Tamilnadu.
The first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana dismissed the PIL by Kanimozhi, an advocate, saying that it was a policy matter of the government and courts cannot interfere in it.
Kanimozhi contended that Chennai, Thiruvallur and Cuddalore districts were severely affected in the recent floods and people in these areas have lost almost everything and finding it difficult to get food and shelter.
Operating the government-owned Tamilnadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) outlets, which sells alcoholic beverages in these areas, would further ruin their livelihood, she submitted. Dismissing the PIL, the judges said it was for the government to take a decision on the matter.