Patna 27 December : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish K Kumar asked citizens of India to refrain from visiting the state if they wish to drink liquor.Chief Justice N.V.Ramana referred, however, to the state’s prohibition move as “shortsighted”.Nitish Kumar’s statement was made in the third program of his Social Reforms Campaign, Sasaram.He started his drive at Motihari, and then he went to Gopalganj.
He addressed the crowd in Fazajganj, an area in Sasaram.
“Bapu stated that if he became a dictator for one hour, all liquor businesses in the country would be shut down.
We cannot permit anyone to consume liquor in this state.He said that if you want to bring liquor to the state, please don’t.
Nitish Kumar tried to also cite World Health Organisation data (WHO), supporting his ban.This was because 27% of road accidents are caused by drunk drivers.
He said, “If you wish to live long and healthy lives you need to avoid alcohol.”
Nitish Kumar had earlier stated that the liquor ban in Bihar must not be lifted at all costs, and that anyone who challenges it or makes public statements should face criminal prosecution.
CJI Ramana, on the other hand declared the Bihar liquor ban a “shortsighted” decision by the Nitish Kumar government.
He spoke out at the Sidhartha Law College, Vijaywada about the future challenges facing the Indian judiciary.
The courts still have a lot of cases that were pending after the 2016 liquor ban ruling by Nitish Kumar’s government.Even simple bail hearings are delayed by one year.
The high court receives a lot of applications for bails under the liquor prohibition act.It is hindering the work of the courts because it results from shortsighted policies by various governments.The CJI stated that every law should be thoroughly discussed and supported before it is implemented.
The Patna High Court made earlier strong comments about the prohibition on liquor and the large number of bail applications that were filed before it.It has established a special court for bail hearings in each district, but the defendants continue to file bail pleas after the pleas have been rejected by the special courts.
According to the current figures, over 11,000 persons were detained on charges related to violating the liquor prohibition laws in Bihar.
They make up the majority of prison population.The Beur Central prison in Patna can hold 5,500 people, and there are 2,100 behind bars for the liquor violation charge.
According to data, more than 50,000 Biharis were sentenced in the first eight months of 2021 for breaking the liquor ban.
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