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Telangana: Reservation in liquor biz? HC seeks clarity

Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court on Tuesday sought to know from a petitioner as to which provision of the law allows a state to give reservations in the liquor business.
The Bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice A Rajasheker Reddy was hearing a PIL filed by A Anand of Telangana Republican Party challenging non-allotment of proportional number of liquor shops to SC and ST persons in the recently-concluded liquor shops allotment for 2021-23 period.
According to the petitioner, there are 15% SCs and 9% STs in the state. But the state allotted only 10% of shops to SCs and a mere 5% to STs. Stating that this was unjust, he sought enhancement of their share in tune with the figures of their population.
The Bench said that the same GO allotted 15% to BCs. “We have heard of reservations in the education and employment spheres. But where is the law that allows a state to grant such reservations in the liquor business,” the Bench asked, while observing that the whole idea of allotting liquor shops to various communities may have to go. The “Forget about the proportional allotment, even the current allotment on the basis of caste must go,” the Bench observed. The counsel for the petitioner sought time to answer this query.

The above news was originally posted on timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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