KOCHI: According to the petitioners, several hotels were maintaining high standards all through, as can be seen from the sales turnover as well as the room tariff, but they were included in the list of 418 bars. The stand taken by the government is discriminatory, arbitrary and in violation of the constitutional provisions. “When the proviso prescribe to renew existing bar licence, an order issued by the government cannot prevent it,” the petitioners said.
The issue of renewal of FL-3 licences of 418 non-standard bar hotels were deferred till receipt of recommendations of taxes secretary on the report of the one-man commission and its consideration by the government.
The government submitted that action is being taken to formulate new abkari policy. The Advocate General said the government decision on the issue was delayed because of spurt in litigations.
The Bench observed that the consideration of applications for renewal of licences cannot be kept aside for too long.
The time for renewal of the licence of bar hotels had ended on March 30, the petitioners pointed out.