Uttarakhand High Court has ordered ban on liquor in Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Chamoli districts from next financial year. HC has also ordered ban on liquor and tobacco products within 5 kms of Sikh shrines.
The sacred portals of Hemkund Sahib, one of the most revered Sikh shrines are located in Uttarakhand. High Court has also put stay on Central govt’s decision to shut down HMT factory in Haldwani.
The Upper Court has asked the Centre to reply within 4 weeks. This decision comes just before Assembly elections in 2017 .