What Nitish Kumar Replied To This Question Asked By The Supreme Court?
Supreme Court asked Bihar Nitish government on what basis liquor prohibition law was applied?
Liquor prohibition law is in force in Bihar since 2016. Under which the sale, drinking, and making of liquor are prohibited?
In view of the plethora of bail petitions in the courts from the Bihar government’s prohibition law, the Supreme Court has asked the Nitish government the question on what basis did you implement the prohibition. At the same time, the Supreme Court said that 16 out of 26 judges of the Patna High Court have cases related to the prohibition law.
Hearing a case in the Supreme Court, a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundaresh said that almost every bench of the High Court has petitions related to the Bihar Prohibition Act. Therefore, it is imperative for us to know whether the Bihar government had done any study before enacting these laws and took into account the basic judicial structure.
The Supreme Court, in its order issued on Wednesday, said that 16 out of 26 judges of the Patna High Court are busy looking into the issues related to the prohibition law implemented in Bihar. The court also said that many cases related to this law are coming to the court. Both the lower court and the high court have been flooded with bail petitions, due to which 16 judges of the high court have to hear it. If bail applications are rejected in these cases, it will lead to overcrowding in jails.
The court has also asked the Nitish government to present in the court the study done before the implementation of the prohibition law. The court said in its order that we want to investigate what steps the Bihar government is taking to assess the effect of the prohibition law and also what kind of study was done before the law was implemented. The court has asked the state government to submit its reply by March 8.
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It is worth noting that the liquor prohibition law has been in force in Bihar since 2016. Under which the sale, drinking, and making of liquor are prohibited. In this law, earlier provision was made for the attachment of property and up to life imprisonment. But in 2018 this law was amended and some relaxation was given in the punishment. However, after the death of spurious liquor in the past, the discussion of relaxing the law a little more came to the fore. It is believed that the Liquor Prohibition Amendment Bill can be introduced in the assembly soon.
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