Patna HC strikes down Bihar Govt’s Prohibition of Liquor Act

Patna: The Patna High Court on Friday struck down the Bihar Government’s Prohibition of Liquor Act, terming it as ‘illegal’.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

The Nitish Kumar-led Government prohibited liquor in Bihar on April 5 this year, making it the fourth dry state in the country after Gujarat, Kerala and Nagaland.

In mid-July they amended the bill according to which all adults would be put behind bars if liquor was found in their homes irrespective of who consumes it.

The Supreme Court also dismissed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashwani Upadhaya’s plea, seeking a complete ban on liquor across the nation.

A division bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice N V Ramanna, found no merit in his plea and dismissed it.