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Pleas challenging liquor prohibition maintainable, rules Gujarat High Court

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  • Petitioners had challenged the liquor prohibition law on the ground that it was a violation of the right to privacy

Ahmedabad: In a setback to the state government, the Gujarat High Court on Monday held that the writ petitions challenging liquor prohibition in Gujarat are maintainable. The final hearing has been scheduled for October 12.

The state government may now approach the Supreme Court in the matter.

The petitions had challenged the prohibition on manufacture, sale and consumption of liquor under the Gujarat Prohibition Act. According to the petitioners, the liquor prohibition law was a violation of an individual’s fundamental right to privacy.

One of the grounds on which the Act had been challenged was the right to consume liquor within the four walls of one’s home. The petitioners argued that the state government could not decide what one could or could not eat and drink within the confines of one’s own home.

The state government had raised objection against the maintainability of the petitions. However, a division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Biren Vaishnav rejected the objections and initially posted the matter for final hearing on September 20. The date was shifted to October 12 after Advocate General Kamal Trivedi requested for more time.

 

 

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