Delhi High Court has asked the AAP government of the capital to take a decision on online sale of liquor by May 15.
A bench of Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Justice Sangeeta Dhingra Sehgal asked the Delhi government to abide by its assurance that it would take a decision on May 15 on the sale of liquor and taking it home.
Also read: A mother walking on the side of the house lying on a trolley bag, will cry
The bench also rejected the plea of a law student who had sought the cancellation of the May 3 notification of the Delhi government allowing the sale of liquor in the national capital.
The High Court said that the issues raised in the petition have already been considered in many similar petitions disposed of on 11 May. In it, the Central and Delhi governments were instructed to take a decision at the earliest regarding the online sale of liquor and to prevent the crowd from outside liquor shops.
Hearing the petition of the law student, the bench asked the Central and Delhi Government whether any decision has been taken from May 11 or not.
The High Court in its order on 11 May had expressed concern over a suggestion related to the supply of liquor to the home through a food supply app like Jometo, saying there would be safety issues.
The High Court had said, “The possibility of snatching liquor on the way cannot be dismissed.” The possibility of transporting liquor to the house will also increase the possibility of adulteration, which can lead to the death of the people even though its distribution is largely in the hands of the government so far.
The court had said, “It seems that liquor will have to be supplied from house to house in the same way as cash is transported between banks and ATMs from banks.” During the hearing on Thursday, the Center said that many states have started selling liquor online, while the Delhi government told the court that the decision will be taken before Friday, May 15.
The bench then dismissed the petition and said that the Delhi government would be compelled to abide by its assurance to take a decision on the online sale of liquor by 15 May.