High Court Chastises State Government on Prohibition Issue

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Patna: The Patna High Court on Thursday came down heavily upon the Nitish government slamming it for not thinking the consequences of imposing prohibition in the state saying Bihar courts, as of last July, were burdened with 207,766 cases related to prohibition putting all 37 courts in a very precarious situation.

Expressing its grave concern over the pending cases involving arrests, fines, and seizure of properties over violation of prohibition laws, the High Court asked the Nitish government to explain how did they expect the courts to deal with it when they were already burdened with thousands of other pending cases.

"It is obvious the state government never looked into the consequences of the prohibition and how it would impact the entire judiciary of Bihar. The government's job is not just to formulate laws; it also has to make provision for any legal proceedings that may be caused as the direct result of the new law," said the dual bench of the court comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh.

The court said many undertrial prisoners were rotting in jail because there was a huge backlog in every court in Bihar.

"The Chief Secretary must tell the court within 24 hours how it plans to dispose of cases related to prohibition so innocent people are released without any delay and culprits are punished according to the law of the state," Chief Justice Karol said.


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