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Install CCTV cameras at liquor shops, bars: Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed authorities to consider a plea seeking installation of CCTV cameras in liquor shops and bars so as to prevent any illegal activities.

The Madras High Court on Wednesday directed authorities to consider a plea seeking installation of CCTV cameras in liquor shops and bars so as to prevent any illegal activities. 

Narrating a long list of illegalities committed at the retail liquor outlets managed by the state-run Tasmac shops and bars in Tamil Nadu, a public interest litigation was filed in the Madras high court by K Balu, President, Advocates Forum for Social Justice.

The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sundar, before which the PIL filed came up for admission on Tuesday, directed the authorities to consider the representation submitted to them on November 23 in this regard.

Balu said there are a total of 6,181 liquor shops in the state. Besides the 3,076 liquor bars attached to vending outlets, more than 3,000 illegal bars are functioning in the state. He alleged that liquor was sold in several liquor shops even to minors against the law.

Balu said easy availability of liquor even to underage people in the state had been the cause of various criminal offences across Tamil Nadu and added that internet-connected CCTV could deny liquor to students and underage consumers.

Such a serious violation goes totally unnoticed because there was no monitoring mechanism, he said seeking installation of internet-linked CCTV cameras.

Several bars are not hygienic, he said, adding that only a CCTV-based supervision could hold persons responsible for maintaining hygiene in those places.

Some people park their vehicles outside the bars and start driving immediately after having drinks, he said, adding that such drunken driving too could be curbed only if CCTV is installed.

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