Tamil Nadu moves Supreme Court against Madras high court order to close Tasmac liquor shops
Following the violations of conditions imposed by the court, the high court said no liquor shops shall be kept open till the lockdown imposed by the Centre and the state government is lifted or modified.
“It is pertinent that in the state of Tamil Nadu, all liquor retail is owned and operated by Tasmac. Thus, the net effect of the high court order is complete and indefinite standstill of the sale of liquor in the state leading to grave losses to the state’s revenue and commercial activity in the state,” the petition said.
The judgment is against the letter and spirit of the SC order which recognised that the regulation of this commercial activity in the present circumstances is the prerogative of the state and not of the courts, the state argued.
The government said the extent of judicial overreach in the present case would have the effect of stultifying a major commercial activity in the state.