Liquor?prohibition not working in Gujarat, Daman hub of illegal liquor: Gujarat HC
Gujarat High Court has said large quantity of liquor is being illegally brought into Gujarat from Daman Photograph: (Reuters)
Gujarat's liquor prohibition policy has not yielded "positive results", the state High Court observed, adding either it is not effective or something is wrong with the implementation of the law.
Justice J B Pardiwala, in an order passed recently, observed that the "prohibition policy in Gujarat has not been able to yield positive results," and said that "either the policy is not effective or something is wrong with the implementation of the law."
The court said this while dismissing a set of petitions filed by licenced liquor vendors from Daman seeking quashing of FIRs lodged against them by Gujarat police after people caught with liquor under Bombay Prohibition Act in the state showed them as suppliers.
"I take judicial notice of the fact that the prohibition policy in the state of Gujarat has not been able to yield positive results," Justice Pardiwala said in the order.
"One may not find an open bar on a public street, but the number of cases, as on date, pending in different courts in the state of Gujarat, bears eloquent testimony to the fact that either the policy is not effective or something is wrong with the implementation of the law," he said.
"Out of 3,99,221 criminal cases pending as on February 28, 2017 in the state of Gujarat, 55,645 cases are under the Bombay Prohibition Act," the judge added.
The court further said that prohibition policy in Gujarat has not worked also because of the easy entry points in Gujarat for liquor.
"Daman is one big hub where liquor is available in abundance and a large quantity of liquor is being illegally brought into the State of Gujarat from Daman," Justice J B Pardiwala said.
The court further observed "it is high time that the central government considers denotifying Daman as a part of the UT and make it a part of the state of Gujarat so as to make the Prohibition Act applicable, which may have its own effect, and more particularly, after the recent amendment in the Act, providing more stringent provisions".