Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government will file an appeal in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking three months time to enforce the apex court’s order to shut down liquor outlets along the National and the State Highways. A decision in this regard was taken in the meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today.
The Attorney General will prepare the plea. Meanwhile, the State will hold talks with the senior lawyers of the Supreme Court also. The state will file a petition seeking extension of time to implement the order.
The Chief Minister said shifting of liquor outlets as part of the SC order will be done honouring the public sentiments.
In a significant order passed on pleas of various States seeking modification of the court’s December 15, 2016 verdict, a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar also made it clear that the judgement banning liquor outlets along highways would also be applicable to bars, pubs and restaurants. The order was issued by taking into account fatal road accidents as a result of drunken driving.