Former CJ slams state for rise in illegal liquor sale

Oct 04, 2012, 07:30 IST | A Correspondent

Coming down heavily on state ministers, former Chief Justice of Bombay HC Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari expressed his concern at the efforts of authorities in curbing the illegal sale of alcohol in the state.

While speaking at the award distribution ceremony of the first ‘Vyasanmukti (de-addiction) literary meet’ yesterday, Dharmadhikari, in the concluding part of the ceremony of two-day meet, slammed that state government’s ‘Addiction Free Maharashtra’ campaign, stating that it’s only namesake and despite shutting down illegal liquor shops, alcohol is being illegally sold in the entire state. 

Frankly speaking: Former chief justice of the Bombay High Court Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari speaks at the first ‘Vyasanmukti literary meet’ in the city yesterday. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

Sharing the dais with State Cooperation Minister Harshwardhan Patil and Social Justice Minister Shivaji Moghe, the former CJ said that whenever state government felicitates any one, it should make sure if that person is completely free from addiction.

“Nowadays drinking liquor is considered as status symbol.  I appreciate the state’s announcement of including a syllabus of de-addiction in schools. However, the state should first make sure that teachers who teach this syllabus are addiction-free,” said Dharmadhikari.

He also queried the ministers present on the dais as to why the state government failed to make its proposal of liquor ban in Chandrapur district a law. “Wardha district has banned sale of liquor, however, 100-km from the border of Wardha district, illegal liquor is being openly sold under the district administration’s nose,” claimed Dharmadhikari. Dharmadhikari also suggested that while providing jobs in the state, the government should make sure that the person getting the job is addiction-free.

Hashwardhan Patil, however, said that state government alone can’t make the state addiction free and the onus also lies on citizens, who should initiate a strong movement for addiction free Maharashtra. Patil also condemned the recent Chillar party in the city where about 800 under aged children were being served alcohol in a restaurant. He said that stringent laws were not the only option to stop the addiction. 

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