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Thursday, 02 April, 2015, 13 : 30 PM [IST]

All bars below 5-star to close down in Kerala; HC upholds State’s Liquor Policy

All bars below the classification of five-star hotels have been asked to close down in Kerala. Considering the appeal of the state government on the Single Bench order, the Division Bench of the Kerala High Court (HC) upheld the state government’s Excise Policy. With this, all the bars below the classification of five-star hotels will be closed down with immediate effect. The court held that it did not want to interfere in the government's policy.

As per the verdict, only bars with five-star status will be allowed to function in the state now. The Division Bench which considered an appeal filed by the state government cancelled a Single Bench order which allowed four-star and heritage bar hotels to function. As many as 228 three-star bars will have to be closed down following this order.

However, the High Court has allowed the beer and wine parlours to function in the state.

The High Court Division bench is said to have rejected the plea that a ban would adversely impact the tourism industry in the state.

The Bar issue has raised lot of political dust in the state politics over the last six months with many senior ministers courting controversies of bribery in the state.
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