Madras HC declines to shut liquor shops following floods, says it’s govt policy
The Madras High Court rejected a plea on Monday to shut Tamil Nadu Government run retail liquor shops for two months considering the Chennai floods, saying that the decision can only be made by the ruling government.
A Public Interest Litigation petition was filed by advocate Kanimozhi Mathi and was called for hearing by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana on Monday. The court declined the petition saying that this decision lies in the policy domain of Government and will not be entertained, according to TOI.
The petitioner said that Chennai has been facing rains and floods since November and during rescue and relief works, she had faced problem with drunk people. She said that they also interrupted in the relief work and created fear in the relief workers. Many volunteers even suggested not going to certain areas because of such issues. She added that a woman relief worker was also harassed by these people.
In her petition, she wrote, “Closing all Tasmac shops in all the flood-affected districts for 60 days will significantly bring down the menace of inebriation, lumpenism and anti-social behaviour."