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CA lifts interim ban suspending soft liquor licences

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The Court of Appeal (CA) decided yesterday (20) to lift the interim injunction order imposed by suspending the licences issued for the sale of soft liquor with immediate effect.

This was stated by the Court of Appeal after considering a motion submitted by the Attorney General stating that the government will lose Rs.207 million in monthly income due to the

relevant Interim Order.

These petitions were called before Court of Appeal President,Justice Nishshanka Bandula Karunaratne and Court of Appeal Judge M.C.B.S.Moraes.

The Court of Appeal, which considered two writ petitions filed by several parties including the Foreign Liquor Licencees’ Association against the issuance of licenses to individuals, issued two interim orders on October 10, suspending the issuance of the relevant licences. Deputy Solicitor General Kanishka De Silva, who appeared before court in relation to a motion filed by the Attorney General regarding the relevant petitions, said that due to the relevant interim order, nearly Rs.6.9 million in tax revenue is lost per day.

Accordingly, the government will lose Rs.207 million in monthly tax revenue, she pointed out. She also mentioned that due to this, many problems will arise and the public will be victimised.

She stated that the gazette notification related to the license issuance process has been submitted to the Parliament and the necessary approval has been obtained.

Therefore, the Deputy Solicitor General asked the court to remove the relevant interim order.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena who appeared for the petitioner, objected to this request. He said that the issuance of these liquor licences was done informally.

He mentioned that although it was planned to issue these licences for tourist zones, these liquor licenses have also been issued to areas like Kebithigollewa and Urapola which are not tourist zones. He requested the court to reject the request. Judge Nishshanka Bandula Karunaratne, the President of the Court of Appeal, who considered the facts presented by both parties, said that it is a serious matter if a tax revenue of Rs.6.9 million is lost per day due to this order.

Accordingly, the Bench decided to remove the interim order of suspension of the currently issued soft liquor licences until next Monday.

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