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Supreme court asks states to consider home delivery, online sales of liquor

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The Supreme Court on Friday while listening to a petition challenging the opening of liquor shops in various states said that they should consider home delivery or indirect sale of liquor to maintain social distancing at liquor shops.

The three-judge bench of the apex court was hearing a petition that wanted the direct-contact sales of alcohol at shops during the lockdown to be declared as unconstitutional, null and void. The bench of justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and BR Gavai heard the case through video-conferencing but refused to pass any order. “We will not pass any order but states should consider home delivery or indirect sale of liquor to maintain social distancing,” the three-judge bench said.

The advocate for the petitioner said that social distancing was not being maintained at liquor shops and that the life of common man should not be affected due to the lack of social distancing at liquor shops. Since the Centre allowed sale of liquor in the country, various states have recorded bumper sales. But images of social distancing going for a toss at such shops also began doing the rounds raising questions about the spread of Covid19 as India registered new cases every day.