Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Monday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi protesting Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi's appearance in the Supreme Court on behalf of bar owners opposing the state's new liquor policy.
Talking to a news agency ANI, Chandy said that he hopes the PM intervenes and stops the Attorney General from appearing for this case.
Opposition parties in Kerala have also expressed resentment in this regard.
The office of Kerala Chief Minister, in a press release issued here on Saturday, had said that Oommen Chandy would be writing a strong letter to the Prime Minister.
"What's more surprising is that the Attorney General appeared after taking permission of the Centre, and the state government went ahead with a new liquor policy as part of its social commitment and responsibility.”
"For this, the Centre should have supported our (Kerala's) action and this is a case in which the Centre has no role at all and hence, it should be ensured that the Attorney General does not appear as the counsel, on the 28th of this month (July), when the case again comes up," said the statement from Chandy's office .
The new liquor policy for the current fiscal in the state, that was given the green signal by the Kerala High Court, allows only 24 five-star hotels to serve liquor.
All other hotels including two, three and four-star ones that have bars have been disallowed. Many have given permission to serve only beer and wine.
The state unit of the BJP also expressed displeasure over the conduct of the Attorney General in the case.
The Left opposition also expressed strong objection over the conduct of the Attorney General.
(With IANS inputs)