HC Upholds Kerala’s Liquor Policy

Kerala State Violating its Own Policy: HC www.ambitionias.com
  • In a momentous judgment, a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday upheld the liquor policy of the United Democratic Front (UDF) government that permitted bars to function only in hotels of five-star and above categories.
  • Beer and wine parlors would also continue to function.
  • Closure of the two, three, and four-star bars might see a few thousand workers losing their employment.
  • The Division Bench observed that the liquor policy of the government for the year 2014-15 could not be termed arbitrary or unreasonable.
  • Nor did it violate Article 14 of the Constitution, which guaranteed equality before law. In fact, it was for the State government to evolve a policy, taking into account various factors, including the welfare of the public.