Liquor trade ban: Sudheeran’s circular brought before court

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015,19:58 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kochi | In a case of alleged denial of bar license to a hotel group by a Congress-ruled municipal council, a circular by KPCC president V M Sudheeran asking all UDF-ruled local body heads not to permit liquor trade in hotels in their regions was produced before Kerala High Court.
Pursuant to its earlier directive, T K Devarajan, chairman of the UDF-ruled Marad Municipal Council produced the KPCC chief’s circular before the court.
In its petition, KGA Hotels and Resorts Pvt Ltd had complained that the license was denied only on the basis of the circular by the KPCC chief to all UDF led local bodies.
Earlier, hearing the matter, the High Court had asked the local body to produce the circular issued by Sudheeran.
In February 20, 2014, Sudheeran had directed the local Congress leadership to express strong displeasure and inform the public in case non-Congress local bodies decided to grant liquor trade in hotels in their territory.
A division bench comprising Justices Antony Dominic and Alexander Thomas adjourned the case to Monday for hearing.