Why depend on liquor sale for revenue, Madras HC asks TN govt

The Madras HC has questioned the TN government's lack of an initiative to create an alternative source of revenue to the state run TASMAC. Representative image. PTI

The Madras High Court bench on April 8 asked the Tamil Nadu government why it could not create an alternative source of revenue, either by increasing taxes or introducing new taxes, instead of generating revenue from Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) liquor sale.

The bench comprising justices N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar was hearing a public interest litigation seeking closure of bars as they were open for longer time than the regular state-run TASMAC outlets. The judges then asked whether the government, being a welfare state, could have a liquor policy which would violate the life and liberty of citizens and their family members guaranteed in the Constitution.