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Kerala bars can sell liquor till Sep 30: Supreme Court

The court expressed the hope that the high court will decide the matter by Sep 30

A queue outside a retail liquor shop in Kerala

The bar owners in Kerala will be able to serve liquor till Sep 30 as the Supreme Court Thursday ordered a status quo till then.

An apex court bench of Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice U.U. Lalit asked the Kerala High Court to hear the plea by the bar owners who have challenged the Kerala government notification asking them to pull down shutters on their businesses. The state order was effective Sep 11.

The court expressed the hope that the high court will decide the matter by Sep 30.

The Kerala government order banning sale of liquor at the bars, other than 5-star hotels, was to come into force from 11 p.m. Thursday.

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