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The Supreme Court of India on Friday suggested that state governments should consider indirect sale of liquor through home delivery mechanism to ensure social distancing norms are not followed. The observation came from a bench of three judges - Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice SK Kaul and Justice BR Gawai – while hearing a petition by Guruswamy Natraj demanding stay on counter sale of liquor.Also read: Maharashtra: Only final year students to appear for exams, others to be promoted
The petition challenged the guidelines issue by MHA on May 1 and argued that government cannot disregard human life by allowing people to gather outside liquor shops while the country is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. While the apex court made the observation, it refused to issue any order with respect to the petition.