National highway stretches that fall under city or town limits governed by local municipal bodies are exempt from the highway liquor ban, the Supreme Court stated on Wednesday. This was a clarification of the SC’s December 15 order that bans sale in liquor shops and bars within 500m of highways.
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The SC further stated that the ruling was aimed at vends connecting cities. In Mumbai, excise officials said bars and shops along highway stretches within city limits will get their licences reissued over the next week following Ganesh Chaturthi festivities.
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According to The toi the SC order dealt with bars and liquor shops operating along highway stretches connecting cities, towns and villages and not establishments located within municipal areas.
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The order by the SC bench headed by Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar further stated that the court considered it appropriate to issue this clarification in order to put to rest any confusion that might arise in the matter.