The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday ordered closure of a wine outlet on Srinagar-Jammu highway at Broadway area here by April 25.
A bench of Justice Ramalingum Sudhakar directed the government through its Chief Secretary and Director General of Police to file compliance on closure of the wine shop housed in Hotel CH2 at Broadway here by April 25.
The court ordered closure of the shop after hearing a petition by residents of Shivpora who have authorized one Bilal Ahmad Bhat, of Shivpora for conducting the case on their behalf before the court.
Petitioners through their counsel Musaib Ahmad pleaded in court that the government has failed to implement directions of the Supreme Court that disallow any sale of liquor, from an outlet visible from national or state highway or is directly accessible from national or state highway or is situated within a distance of 500 metres of the outer edge of the national or state highway or of a service lane along the highway.
“The residents have suffered immensely on account of presence of liquor shop of respondent no. 3, Sandeep Chotu, owner of hotel CH2 due to which most of the times ruckus is caused by the drunkards in the vicinity subjecting the petitioners to live a life of constant fear and threat,” they plead.
“On 31.03.2017 earlier directions passed were fortified by the Apex Court, directing the state governments not to extend any liquor License beyond the time period of 1.04.2017,” they plead.
The residents submitted that the shop owner is selling liquor in clear contravention of the orders of the Supreme Court and is causing harassment to them and they are forced to live a life of fear and threat.
Seeking implementation of SC judgments, the petitioners plead that the authorities be directed to cancel the licence of liquor shop and disallow its functioning.