In a major relief for the Nitish government, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Patna high court order quashing the notification banning consumption and sale of liquor in the state.
The Bihar government had moved the Supreme Court challenging the high court order on October 3.
The appeal against the high court’s September 30 decision was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur which agreed to give Bihar government an urgent hearing on Friday.
The petition, which was mentioned through senior advocate Rajiv Dhavan and advocate Keshav Mohan, urged the apex court to stay high court order, quashing the government notification to ban liquor.
However two days after the high court quashed the order on prohibition, Bihar government on Gandhi Jayanti came out with a new law banning liquor with harsher provisions like arrest of all adults in the event of recovery of the contraband in their house.
In its notification, the government had notified the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 to ensure that the ban on sale and consumption of alcohol including Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) as well spiced and domestic liquor, continued in the state.