Kerala: The apex on Monday upheld Kerala’s policy to restrict the sale and drinking of liquor to five-star hotels. Earlier, a batch of petitions had challenged the Kerala government’s policy to allow only five-star hotels to sell and serve liquor and allow other bars to serve only beer. the petitions asserted that the policy was discriminatory.
Although the Supreme Court reserved its judgement on August 27, in spite of the government attempted to defend its policy, stating that those ousted from the business had no fundamental right to continue selling liquor at bars.
The liquor policy restricted the sale and consumption of liquor at the bars, in turn benefitting 24 five-star hotels. This policy was earlier upheld by the Kerala High Court on March 31