The top court had also taken note of crowding at liquor shops and asked states on Friday to consider non-direct contact or online sales and home delivery of liquor during the
The appeal against the high court order has been filed by the Tamil Nadu
State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC), a government firm that sells alcoholic beverages in the state, seeking permission to sell liquor through vends also.
The high court order restraining counter-sale of liquor was passed on a miscellaneous petition filed by advocate G Rajesh, besides a plaint from the Kamal Haasan-led Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM).
The HC had said there was a total violation of its interim order issued on Wednesday when it declined to stay a government order allowing resumption of sale of liquor through outlets.
After a dry spell of 43 days due to the Covid-19 lockdown
since late March, liquor sales resumed at TASMAC outlets in Tamil Nadu, except state capital Chennai, on Thursday.
Heavy rush was witnessed at most places with people standing in serpentine queues even as the move to allow the sale of liquor came in for flak from opposition parties and others. Apprehensions were raised, that it would lead to further spread of the novel coronavirus, which as of Friday has affected over 6,000 people in the state.
On Wednesday, the bench had directed the government to ensure strict implementation of all appropriate rules, as notified by the state, including maintenance of social distancing at liquor shops while allowing the resumption.
When the matter came up on Friday, petitioner Rajesh submitted that there was a total violation of the guidelines framed as per a May 5 government order and also the norms stipulated by TASMAC and the court.
had decided to open retail liquor outlets, citing relaxation of lockdown
norms by the central government. Tipplers in border districts of the state were also making a beeline to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka where liquor sales resumed on May 4.