India: Court strikes down anti-liquor act in Bihar
The prohibition on country-made liquor was imposed on April 5, but was later extended to Indian-made foreign liquor Photograph: (Getty)
The Patna High Court in India's Bihar has struck down the Bihar Excise Amendment Act, which bans the sale of liquor across the eastern Indian state, calling it 'illegal', Indian news agency ANI reported today.
The Bihar government had instituted the Act to prevent the consumption of liquor in the state in April this year. The prohibition on country-made liquor was imposed on April 5, but it was later extended to Indian-made foreign liquor.
Nitish-Kumar led government further amended the law to allow action against people if liquor was found in their homes, irrespective of who consumed it.
After Kerala, Gujarat and Nagaland, Bihar is the fourth Indian state to have imposed prohibition.
India's top court dismissed the Bhartiya Janta Party (India's ruling party) leader's plea who sought for a blanket ban on access of liquor across the nation after finding 'no merit' in his plea.
(WION with inputs from ANI)