Infrastructure & Safety

Consider 4-star bar renewals, HC tells Kerala


22 hoteliers have sought renewal of licence

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed the State government to consider and pass orders in two months on the applications filed by as many as 22 four-star hoteliers seeking renewal of their bar licence.

Justice K.Surendra Mohan asked the Excise Commissioner to accept the applications of these hoteliers provided they possessed four-star classifications currently and satisfied the other eligibility conditions in the rules, reports Hindu.

The judge passed the verdict while allowing writ petitions filed by the hoteliers in various parts of the State. They contended that the government decision to deny bar licence to four-star hotels was discriminatory and illegal.

The hoteliers said they had been classified as four-star by the India Tourism Department. Four-star and five-star hotels had been lumped together for the purpose of classification by the Ministry of Tourism. They also pointed out that though an appeal was filed by the government against an earlier order for grant of bar licence to four-star and heritage hotels, the Division Bench had not stayed the order.


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