High Court Shoots Notice To Kashmir Govt Over Liquor Ban Petition

29 September 2015
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the government over a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking blanket ban on sale of alcohol in the Muslim-majority state. Reports said that the court asked the state government to file status report regarding the steps taken for closure of liquor shops situated near highways, hospitals, educational institutions and religious places. Advocates Firdous Parray and Mudasir Naqshbandi appeared in the court today on behalf of Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Hami, Chairman of a religious organization Karwan-e-Islami. Hami had submitted that the state government has failed to take necessary steps for prohibition of sale and consumption of liquor. Through his petition, Hami had said that section 24 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir provides that the state shall make every effort to safeguard and promote the health of the people. 'This section imposes obligation on the state to curb sale and consumption of liquor, which is responsible for deterioration of public health,' he pleaded.