Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Shut liquor shops near school: Lucknow HC
Courtesy: Times News Network
LUCKNOW: The high court here on Thursday ordered forthwith closure of 53 liquor shops situated within 100 metres of educational institutions in the city. The court also sought a report from excise commissioner and the district excise officer within four weeks as to how many other liquor shops were situated within 100 metres of any hospitals, religious places, temples and residential areas. The above order was passed by a Division Bench comprising Justice AK Yog and Justice RP Yadav on twin PILs moved by Ramu Sanyal and Manoj Kumar Diwvedi. The court passed the above order in pursuance of the provisions incorporated under Rule 5 of Excise Act. The rule restricts any liquor shop within a radius of 100 metres from the educational, residential, temple, hospital premises etc, the court observed. The court also directed the government to return the licence fee to such 53 liquor licencees. However, it was made clear that if any licencees wanted alternative site beyond 100 metres, he might make application for allotment of such site, instead of taking back his fee. Earlier, the court had summoned a list of liquor shops situated within 100 metres of educational areas in the city. A a list of 53 liquor shops was submitted in the court in response to it. The court also said that members of public might also come ahead with their grievances against such liquor shops.

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