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.