The Supreme Court of India upheld the ban imposed on liquor sale by the state Government of Kerala on December 29, 2015.The two judge bench pronounced the judgement that the state Government can even impose an unreasonable ban if the step improves the public health. The two judge bench comprised of Supreme court justice Vikramjit Sen and Shiva Kriti Singh. The bench was hearing a petition filed by the liquor traders of Kerala against the decision of state Government of Kerala to ban the sale of liquor apart from five star hotels and bars. Also Read - CBSE & ICSE Board Exams 2021: Top 7 Things to do For Preparation |Watch Video

The judgement held that the ban on non five star hotels and bars had nothing to do with the neatness and tidiness of bars but was related to the public health in general. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal was representing the state of Kerala while the Bar owners were represented by Mukul Rohatgi. The Government of Kerala had submitted before the Supreme Court of India that the Liquor traders had no right to protest against the ‘Unreasonableness’ of the ban imposed by the state Government as they had no protection to practice their trade under the Article 19 (1) (g) which states that the citizens of India have the right to practice any profession or to carry on any trade, or occupation. As the article did not cover trade in substances harmful to public health. The court has agreed with the State’s argument that liquor traders have no business to intervene in the policy prescriptions of the State government. Also Read - CBSE Board Exam 2021: Tips to Cope Up With Stress For Children And Parents | Watch Video

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal representing the state of Kerala said that the ban on liquor was not a brainchild of the state Government but has been brought about as a result by the prolonged campaign to ban liquor in the state by Churches of Kerala, several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and Women against Liquor. Alcohol is banned in the states of Nagaland, Gujarat, parts of Manipur and Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Also Read - Telangana Schools to Reopen for Classes 6 and 8 After Nearly 11 Months

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