Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed a PIL seeking to initiate action against liquor suppliers of state-owned TASMAC, in which toxic chemicals more than the permitted quantity were reportedly found, with an observation to inspect the liquor quality in these shops.
The first bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice T S Sivagnanam before which a PIL filed by an Advocate?s clerk Devarajan came up for hearing, directed the TASMAC (Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation) to do a quality check on liqour sold by it.
"We are not inclined to entertain this PIL. However, the authorities of TASMAC may inform the petitioner after a quality check on liquor sold through TASMAC shops. This exercise may be undertaken within a month of receipt of this order," the bench said.
The petitioner alleged that some liquor brands supplied and sold through TASMAC have chemical content more than the permitted level and sought a direction from the Court to test all varieties of liquor supplied and sold through TASMAC.
He sought a direction to the authorities concerned to do a thorough check as to which liquor has the highest toxic content against the recommended quantity.
He further sought a direction that all varieties of the liquor and its toxic substances prevalence be checked and stern action taken against those who supply the sub-standard quality of liquor to TASMAC.
The petitioner prayed that the Court seek a detailed report on it and if necessary take legal action against the liquor suppliers and manufacturers and ban the same if the quality was found to have toxic content more than the recommended specified quantity.