HC criticises Govt over huge crowd in front of liquor outlets
Kochi: The Kerala high court criticised the heavy rush in front of liquor shops. The court said that when only 20 people are attending weddings, huge crowd is seen in front of Bevco outlets. Excise Commissioner and Bevco MD appeared before the court via online.
The court made it clear that no crowd can be allowed in front of the liquor outlets as Covid spread is continuing. Kerala is one of the states where the highest number of daily Covid cases are reported. Hundreds of people are queuing up without maintaining social distance. This will lead to disease transmission, the court said.
The high court opined that there was facility to control rush in front of the outlets when they were reopened after the first lockdown. But this time, no such system was introduced and the government failed to control the rush. The government pleader informed that everything possible was done to avoid crowding. However, the court dismissed this claim.
The court directed excise commissioner and Bevco MD to file an affidavit in this regard. The court will consider the case again on July 16. Then Bevco MD and excise commissioner should appear before the court via online. The high court intervened in this matter as huge crowd is seen in front of liquor shops especially on Fridays.