TASMAC CLOSURE: TN TO MOVE SC AGAINST HC DIRECTION TO CLOSE LIQUOR SHOPS.

A day after the Madras High Court directed the closure of liquor shops in Tamil Nadu, the state-owned Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) moved the Supreme Court challenging it.

On May 6, the Tamil Nadu Government issued an order permitting the opening of TASMAC shops.

This however led to formation of huge crowds and serpentine queues before the retail outlets, leading to the violation of social distancing norms to be followed to control COVID-19 transmission. Following that, a batch of petitions were filed in the HC, challenging the Government decision to open the liquor shops.

On May 7, the same bench refused to stay the government order, but imposed several conditions for their functioning.

In a special sitting held on Friday evening, the bench noted that its conditions have been “blatantly violated”. The Court has however permitted online sale of alcohol and home delivery. (Image Source : Google)