Supreme Court dismisses the plea of 100 percent cut in water supply to liquor industry in Maharashtra


New Delhi: The Supreme Court refuses the plea to completely cut the water supply to the liquor industry in Maharashtra on Tuesday. The vacation bench of Justice Prafulla C Pant and Justice DY Chandrachud said it was a policy matter and any interference in this by the judiciary would amount to taking over governance.

The Apex Court pulled up the petitioner for approaching the apex court for a complete ban on water supply to the liquor manufacturers, saying the Bombay High Court has already passed an interim order in this regard.

Observing that some aspects of the policy matter have to be left to the state government, the bench asked why cut in water supply to the industry should be 60 percent and not 30 percent or 70 percent. The bench also wondered if the plea for 100 percent cut in water supply to the liquor industry was not for "publicity". 

The plea filed in the apex court had sought that instead of a curtailed water supply, there should be no supply at all as the entire region is facing water shortage.

Earlier, the Bombay High Court had also asked the Maharashtra government to cut supply to other industrial units in Marathwada by 25 per cent after May 10.