'Delhi will become the capital of liquor, 3 shops will open in each of the 272 wards...', petition in HC against Kejriwal's liquor policy"

New Delhi: BJP MP Pravesh Sahib Singh has approached the High Court against the liquor policy of the Delhi government. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Delhi High Court, seeking a direction to the state government to ban the production, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages and drugs in the national capital.

 

According to the report, this petition has been filed by BJP leader and apex court lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay, who argued that the state government has taken steps to restrict/control the consumption and production of liquor and narcotics in the last seven years, instead of taking Delhi has been made the 'liquor capital of India'. They say that this is a violation of the rights of the people under Article 21 of the Constitution. According to the report, petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay in the petition says that there are a total of 272 municipal wards in Delhi and as of 2015 there were only 250 liquor shops in the capital, that is, on an average, each municipal ward had one liquor shop and 30 wards were such that, In which there was not a single liquor store. Whereas, under the new liquor policy, the Kejriwal government is planning to drastically increase the number of liquor shops and it will be around three liquor shops in every municipal ward which is not only arbitrary and irrational, but also against the rule of law. It also violates the right to health guaranteed under Articles 14 and 21.

 

The petition states that the Delhi government is intent on making the national capital the capital of liquor. Under this policy, it is distributing licenses to start liquor shops not only in residential areas, ration shops, main markets but also near hospitals, schools and even temples. In the High Court, the matter was listed before the bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Nina Bansal Krishna, after hearing it orally, the court has adjourned till July 4 for the next hearing.  

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