While four of the bars were included in the 418 bars whose licenses were not renewed following the declaration of new excise policy of the government in March this year, six others were closed earlier.

The court found that denial of renewal of license to these bars -- one attached to four-star hotel and nine to three-star hotels-- was 'discriminatory'.
The bench had allowed 250 bars attached to hotels below four star to run for a month after ordering a status quo following a single judge order partly upholding the government's policy to allow only bars attached to five star hotels.

According to the petitioners, despite the recommendation by the Excise Commissioner, the authorities arbitrarily 'pick and chose' bars whose licenses have to be renewed.


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