The Supreme Court refused to interfere in the decision to close 260 private liquor shops in the capital of Delhi, which have been decided to close after September 30 under the new excise policy of the Delhi government.
According to the new excise policy that will come into effect from November 17, the Delhi government had ordered the closure of all existing private liquor shops till September 30. From October 1 to November 16, only government liquor shops have been allowed to remain open.
The petitioners, seeking permission to open private liquor shops, said that due to the festive season, there would be chaos in government liquor shops and to avoid this, it would be fair and just that private shops should be allowed to open even after 30 September.
A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar said that we are not inclined to consider these petitions and asked that if private liquor shops are allowed to operate till November 16, then what will be the bigger public interest than this?