Published On : Thu, Feb 4th, 2016

HC rejects PIL seeking prohibition in entire State

Nagpur: Refusing to interfere in policy matters of State Government, the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has rejected a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) demanding prohibition across Maharashtra.

The PIL, filed by a businessman Anil Agre, contended that climate in India and culture do not warrant consumption of liquor in the country. However, following the western culture blindly and diehard addiction the sale of liquor in State is increasing enormously. The bad effects of this addiction could be seen in society. Social harmony is taking a severe beating. Incidents of family violence are on the rise. Government has enforced prohibition in Wardha, Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts. Hence prohibition should be implements in remaining parts of the State, demanded the PIL.

The High Court, after the initial hearing, had issued a notice to State Government. Subsequently, the Advocate General Shrihari Aney personally appeared in the court and said that decision on prohibition is a policy matter of State Government and therefore requested the High Court to dismiss the PIL. Accepting the argument of State Government, the court rejected the PIL.