The court docket mentioned on-line sale of liquor can be allowed within the state solely until Might 17.
Folks line as much as purchase alcohol from a liquor store in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on Thursday. (Picture: PTI)
The Madras Excessive Court docket on Friday ordered the closure of all TASMAC, state-run liquor outlets and solely permitted on-line sale of liquor.
The order of the Madras HC comes following complaints filed about social distancing norms being flouted by customers outdoors liquor outlets within the state. A number of reviews had surfaced from throughout the state the place individuals had rushed to get alcohol and the rules issued by the excessive court docket weren’t adopted.
The court docket mentioned on-line sale of liquor can be allowed solely until Might 17.
A number of protests have been witnessed throughout the state in opposition to the opening of TASMAC (Tamil Nadu State Advertising Company) outlets.
Political events too had raised objection over the choice. Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) had filed a petition within the excessive court docket searching for closure of liquor outlets. The get together had pointed at how crowds had gathered at TASMAC retailers flouting the social distancing guidelines.
After the court docket’s order, Kamal Haasan tweeted, “This verdict of the Madras Excessive Court docket provides us confidence on the judiciary and in addition proves that solely fact triumphs. Folks have gotten justice. This isn’t simply the victory of MNM. That is the victory of our intentions, and Tamil Nadu should have a good time. That is the victory for the moms of Tamil Nadu.”
Inside a single day, Tamil Nadu had seen sale of liquor value Rs 172.59 crore.
Earlier, the Madras Excessive Court docket had permitted liquor outlets to open below strict tips which included social distancing, rationing on the variety of bottles that an individual should buy together with the rule of no crowding within the premises.
All these directions appear to have been flouted. At numerous retailers, police officers had been seen struggling to manage the crowds.
TASMAC outlets had been to be opened throughout the state besides in Chennai district. The outlets had been to open between 10 am to five pm.