THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Excise Minister K Babu said here on Wednesday that there was nothing wrong in the Syro-Malabar Church’s plea for increasing wine production since it was for a religious purpose.
The Excise Department will examine the application and arrive at a decision, he said adding that it did not reflect badly on the Church’s stand on liquor. “There is nothing illegal or immoral in it. It is for a religious purpose. From its inception the Abkari Rules have allowed churches to produce wine for religious purpose and no one has questioned it,” he said.
The Ernakulam Archdiocese of the Syro-Malabar Church had approached the Excise Dept for increasing its production of wine from 1,250 litres to 5,000 litres.