A plea has been filed recently in the Hon’ble Supreme Court seeking for prohibition of consumption of alcohol except for medical cases in spirit of Article 47 of the Indian Constitution. The petition was filed through Advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey who in the petition stated that consumption of alcohol in times of Covid crises can cause disorder which can make a man vulnerable to the person; the plea has claimed that consumption of alcohol is a health hazard and claimed alcohol as a ‘social evil.’
The Hon’ble Supreme Court held that the prohibition of alcohol cannot be challenged that on the grounds of contravention of Article 19(1)(g) of the Indian Constitution. A similar petition was filed in High Court of Madras which was dismissed on the grounds that regulation of alcohol is purely a matter of state policy and does not warrant judicial intervention further it stated that Article 47 is not an enforceable Provision and therein the said case has no leg to stand.
(Source – Live Law)
(By – Siddharth Addy)