The Kerala Government has told the Supreme Court that its revised liquor policy was not prepared overnight.
The government told the apex court that it had way back in 2011 itself proclaimed that the bar licence will be restricted only to five star hotels.
“The relaxation for the five star hotels was granted eyeing tourists. The State government has the right to decide who is eligible and who is not for the licence,” the government said.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for the Kerala Government, pointed out that the issue of disparity occurs only if any eligible person is denied the chance.
However, the court asked if the government has absolute freedom to decide the eligible ones.
The hearing on the plea submitted by a section of bar owners challenging the liquor policy will continue on next Tuesday.