In a significant development, the Kerala High Court on Tuesday upheld the state government’s liquor policy, which allows only bars in five-star hotels to serve liquor.
As a consequence of the Kerala High Court ruling, the bars in four-star hotels and heritage resorts will be forced to shut down.
The Kerala government had announced its new liquor policy on August 14, 2014 and decided that barring 20 five-star hotels, no other hotels could serve either liquor or beer.
However, the Kerala Bar Owners Association approached the Kerala High court against the decision.
From October 2, 2014, the government has shut 39 of the 383 state-owned retail liquor outlets. It had also decided to close down 10 per cent of the retail outlets every October 2 and all Sundays, apart from the first of every month, have been declared as dry days.