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The News Minute | October 1, 2014 | 8.55 am IST The Kerala High Court on Tuesday did not adjudicate the bar owners plea challenging the government’s order to shut down all bars in the state. The Supreme Court had directed the Kerala High Court to hear the bar owners’ plea and take a decision by the month end.  Read: Time to say goodbye: 292 bars in Kerala to shutdown tomorrow SC asks Kerala to put on hold liquor prohibition order The case was not listed for Wednesday either. The court will remain closed for the Navaratri from Thursday to October 6. If the court does not adjudicate on the case on Wednesday, the bars can remain functional till the court hears their plea, Manorama Online reported. In the plea submitted by the bar owners, it was contended that the government had not considered the recommendations of the M. Ramachandran Commission that was set up to find out ways to reduce the consumption of liquour in the state. The state revenue secretary told the court on Tuesday that with the new liquour policy, the recommendations of the commission had lost relevance.  Read: Why Kerala cannot imitate the Gujarat model of total prohibition The judgement on the petition filed by the bar owners of those 312 bars that remain open was not heard and not listed for today. However, the petition by the owners of 418 bars that were shut will be heard by the court on Wednesday.

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