PATNA: The Patna High Court has observed the new excise law resulting in floods of liquor violation cases has disturbed the judicial system in the state, local media reported today.
“Post enforcement of new excise law, some 1.25 lakh cases are currently pending in various courts. This has disturbed the judicial system,” the court observed while hearing a liquor case on Friday, according to Hindi daily Hindustan.
The court also observed how the youths being jailed in petty cases of liquor law violation are coming in contacts with hardened criminals, which is very serious.
The court also observed that rather than acting tough, the authorities should show “practical approach” and launch a massive awareness campaign against alcoholism.
Bihar has come out with a harsher law to ban liquor. The new law prescribes for a minimum of 10 years of jail for people caught “brewing, selling or possessing” liquor.
Last month, a poor Dalit widow was sentenced to 10 years of rigorous punishment with a fine of Rs One lakh for possessing Mahua, the ingredient used for making country liquor.
The punishment was handed out by Munger district court.