Hon’ble Full Bench, consisting of Their Lordships, Hon’ble The Chief Justice, Hon’ble Mr. Justice C.V. Karthikeyan and Hon’ble Mr. Justice P.D. Audikesavalu. On behalf of the respondents, District Collector and the Government, the State Government Pleader Thiru V. Jayaprakashnarayanan appeared. The State Government Pleader submitted that as per Rule 8 of Tamil Nadu Liquor Vending Rules, no liquor shop will be permitted within the distance of 100 meters from the Religious Places and Educational Institutions. The said Rule is strictly followed by the authorities while locating the TASMAC shop for retail vending. Apart from that the TASMAC also issued circular in the year, wherein a direction was issued to the authorities, if there is any objections received, either from the Villagers or Grama Saba the same should be taken into consideration and the District Collectors were directed to drop such proposal. Further, the officers should avoid selecting places for location of shops in thickly populated areas. 41 such proposals were dropped; further the Government also already closed more than 3000 liquor shops. Therefore, the liquor vending rules and circulars will be taken care of the objections raised by the Village Panchayat and public at large before locating the liquor shops by TASMAC.

[1/21, 19:23] sekarreporter1: Today two Public Interest Litigation Writ Petitions, filed with a prayer to
remove the TASMAC Shops situated nearby Temple, viz., Aadi
Jagannatha Perumal Koil, Tirupulani, Ramnad District, were listed
before the Hon’ble Full Bench, consisting of Their Lordships, Hon’ble
The Chief Justice, Hon’ble Mr. Justice C.V. Karthikeyan and Hon’ble
Mr. Justice P.D. Audikesavalu. On behalf of the respondents, District
Collector and the Government, the State Government Pleader Thiru V.
Jayaprakashnarayanan appeared. The State Government Pleader
submitted that as per Rule 8 of Tamil Nadu Liquor Vending Rules, no
liquor shop will be permitted within the distance of 100 meters from the
Religious Places and Educational Institutions. The said Rule is strictly
followed by the authorities while locating the TASMAC shop for retail
vending. Apart from that the TASMAC also issued circular in the year,
wherein a direction was issued to the authorities, if there is any
objections received, either from the Villagers or Grama Saba the same
should be taken into consideration and the District Collectors were
directed to drop such proposal. Further, the officers should avoid
selecting places for location of shops in thickly populated areas. 41
such proposals were dropped; further the Government also already
closed more than 3000 liquor shops. Therefore, the liquor vending rules
and circulars will be taken care of the objections raised by the Village
Panchayat and public at large before locating the liquor shops by
TASMAC.
Their Lordships recorded the submissions and posted the
case on 27.02.2020 for response affidavit to be filed by the concerned
impleaded respondents, viz., The Secretaries of Municipal
Administration and Water Supply Department, Rural Development
Department, Home Department, after consultation process with the
Chief Secretary to Government with regard to the amendments as
suggested by the Full Bench by order dated 27.03.2019.
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