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Tamil Nadu moves SC against HC order on closure of liquor-outlets in state

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A day after the Madras High Court ordered closure of state-run liquor outlets for violation of social distancing norms, the Tamil Nadu government on Saturday moved the Supreme Court challenging the decision.

The high court had earlier while passing the order observed that there were huge crowds and no social distancing by consumers at liquor shops. It, however, allowed for home delivery of booze to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The appeal was filed by the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC), which sells alcoholic beverages in the state..

Kamal Haasan-led Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) had earlier filed a complaint against the sale of liquor.

For over a month, liquor sales had been stopped in Tamil Nadu but had resumed recently. Long queues with people failing to maintain a social distance were seen at almost all shops. It had raised apprehensions that it could further spread the infections in the state which has seen over 6,000 cases so far.