FLASH NEWS
Kerala

Kerala High Court impleads PWD principal secretary in case

Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017,19:23 IST By anju A A A

Kochi | The Kerala High Court today directed the state public works department principal secretary to file a detailed affidavit explaining whether the roads from Kannur till Kuttippuram and from Cherthala to Thiruvananthapuram are national highways or not.

Justice Devan Ramachandran, while considering a petition seeking a review of the High Court order relating to reopening of bars, which were closed following the ban on sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways, suo motu impleaded the PWD principal secretary in the case.

The court directed the Excise deputy commissioners to produce the files relating to issuance of bar licences on June 14

The court will consider the case on June 14.

It had yesterday directed the state government to ensure that no liquor bar opened on the basis of its last week order on pleas of bar owners,functioned till the disposal of a review petition related to the matter.

Considering the case yesterday, the court had observed that the state government had misinterpreted the court order relating to reopening of bars, which were closed following the ban on sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways.

Passing orders on a petition by bar owners last week, the court had directed the state excise department to consider the application of petitioners for permission to operate the bars in the light of a August 14, 2014 government notification denotifying certain highways.

The bar owners had contended that the roads from Kannur till Kuttippuram and from Cherthala to Thiruvananthapuram could not be considered as highways in view of the notification.

Filing a petition seeking a review of the order, one V P Ibrahimkutty from Koyilandy in Kozhikode district, had claimed that Kerala PWD Minister had openly declared that the roads were still National Highways.

He alleged that the state government was now initiating steps to permit bar licences along these highways, ignoring entries in the National Highway Act 1956.

Latest News