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SC refuses to stay HC order in bar case

SC refuses to stay HC order in bar case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday refused to stay the Kerala high court's order upholding the state government's liquor policy confining bar licenses only to five star hotels.

The division bench, while considering a plea filed by the bar owners, has given them more times to file their affidavit in the case.

The case will again be considered on July 10.

A Division Bench of the Kerala high court, comprising Justices K T Sankaran and Babu Mathew P Joseph, had upheld the government's liquor policy framed last year and subsequent amendments granting licenses to beer and wine parlours.

Delivering the judgment, the bench had said there was nothing to offend fundamental rights or to term arbitrary or irrational about the liquor policy.

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