In a major setback to the Nitish government, the Patna High Court on Friday said that the Bihar government’s prohibition of Liquor Act is “illegal”.
The Bihar Prohibition and Excise Bill-2016 had provisions like arrest of all adult members of a family in the event of liquor bottle being found in a house.
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State’s Governor Ram Nath Kovind had earlier given his assent to the Bill after more than a month of its passage from both the houses of State Legislature on August 1.
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All Sections in the new Bill were non-bailable, in which bail can be granted by courts only, and not from the police stations. If the new Bill were to be enforced, only special courts under the Bihar Special Courts Act would try cases related to the violation of the Bihar Prohibition law. These special courts, till now, had been trying only corruption cases and CBI related cases.
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