Srinagar, March 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association will challenge the new excise policy before the High Court to seek appropriate direction for banning the sale, storage and consumption of liquor in the territory.

The development came after the HCBA executive body meeting in Srinagar wherein it expressed anguish and resentment over the new excise policy that allows new liquor vendors to come up at a minimum distance of 100 meters from religious places, schools, hospitals, and nearest liquor shops as against 300 meters in the earlier policy.

This new policy was introduced in February 2019 and will remain in force till 2020.

Meanwhile, a team of High Court Bar Association will remain present in the Indian Supreme Court when the pleas challenging the Article 35-A and Article 370 might come up for hearing, anytime.


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