Refusing to grant stay on a notification increasing legal age limit to consume liquor from 21 to 25 years, the Bombay High Court today directed the Maharashtra government to file a reply to a PIL filed by actor Imran Khan.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice A V Mohta today said the matter requires consideration and hence it cannot grant stay on the September 2009 notification.
"The state government shall file its reply by April 15," the bench said, admitting the petition.
In September 2011, Imran Khan had approached the High Court challenging Maharashtra government's proposal to increase the legal age limit to consume liquor from 21 to 25 years.
Senior counsel Milind Sathe, appearing for the actor, argued that under general law a person is considered as an adult after attaining the age of 18.
"At the age of 18, the person is allowed to vote and procure a driving license. Girls are allowed to marry at this age. The government cannot impose such an arbitrary restriction. A person of 18 years can make his own decision," Sathe said.
The actor after filing the petition had told reporters that the state government's proposal infringes upon the fundamental rights of a citizen who lives in a democratic country.
"If the government has not banned sale of liquor then anyone above the age of 21 should have the choice of consuming it. A major can decide for himself what is right and wrong," he had said.