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No renewal of bar licences

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Thiruvananthapuram: The State government on Wednesday decided not to renew the licences of 418 bars, which were pointed out by the Supreme Court as substandard.

Sources said the Cabinet, which met here this morning, took the decision not to renew the FL-3 licences of bar hotels in view of the General election.

Meanwhile, it was also decided to renew the licences of the three-star category and above.

Advocate General K P Dandapani had given legal advice to the government that there was no legal impediment to renew FL-3 licence for bar hotels in the state.

The bar owners had approached the High Court, stating that the government was not taking any steps to renew the licences. The Kerala High Court on Monday had adjourned the hearing of the petition to Thursday.

The apex court had asked the State government to take action against 418 bars which were classified as of not maintaining standards by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

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