Shillong, May 8: The Supreme Court, on Friday, requested states to consider home delivery or online sale of liquor so as to prevent spread of COVID-19 during the national lockdown.
In the past week since the sale of alcohol was permitted, several states recorded over crowding at liquor stores and lack of social distancing.
The petitioner Guruswamy Nataraj challenged the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on May 1 which permitted the reopening of liquor shops.
However, the bench of Justices, Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and B R Gavai dismisses the petition and said, “We are not inclined to entertain this petition filed under Article 32 of the Constitution of India. The petition is dismissed. However, it shall be open for the concerned State Government to consider non-direct sale including on-line sale/home delivery of liquor to facilitate social distancing.”
The petitioner had urged for a stop on direct sale of liquor till the country is announced COVID-19 free.