The Kerala high court has asked the excise department to consider the demand of bar hotels situated along the Cherthala-Thiruvananthapuram and Kannur-Kuttipuram roads to continue operations as these roads were de-notified as highways prior to the Supreme Court order on liquor outlets along highways.
A single bench of the court, while considering five petitions filed by bar hotel operators, said the notification dropping the Cherthala-Oachira-Thiruvananthapuram road from the list of national highways came on March 5, 2014 while the Supreme Court order came on December 15, 2016.
A petition (WP-C No. 16647/2017) filed by P Surendran, proprietor of Hotel Astiya Grande at Navayikulam near Kallambalam in Thiruvananthapuram was considered as the lead case by the court. The petitioners said it was on the basis of the Supreme Court’s directive to close bars and liquor outlets within 500 metres of the national and state highways that the excise department asked them to shut down.