States should consider home delivery of liquor: SC
New Delhi: The Supreme Court rejected a petition seeking withdrawal of the decision to reopen liquor shops during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
The petition stated that selling liquor directly during lockdown was illegal and demanded to close down liquor shops.
However, the apex court directed that it is not issuing any order in this regard and that the states should consider home delivery of liquor to maintain social distancing. The top court also made it clear that states should take the final decision in this regard.
A three-member bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kaul and B R Gavai put forward the suggestion.
Liquor sale was permitted in Orange and Green zones in the country as part of relaxing the lockdown norms. However, huge crowds were seen in front of liquor shops violating all safety guidelines. Police had to resort to lathi charge to disperse the crowd in some places and several shops had to be closed down for not maintaining safety precautions.
Some states including Kerala did not reopen liquor shops in view of law and order issues. Meanwhile, some other states like Punjab, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have initiated steps to start home delivery of liquor.