Even the excise policy says that liquor shops can be located at a certain distance from the highways, it said.
"We have not tested the excise policy. You have no freedom to drink and drive on the national highway," said Justice Chandrachud, who authored the December 15 judgment.
The court said this as Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and several other senior lawyers including K.K. Venugopal, C.A. Sundram, Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan, Raju Ramachandran and others told the court that its December 15 ban was hurting the state exchequer and the order was unconstitutional.