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Chhapra hooch tragedy: SC refuses to pass order, asks petitioner to approach HC

New Delhi: Supreme Court has refused to entertain a PIL by NGO, Aryavartha Mahasabha Foundation, for an SIT probe into the Chhapra hooch tragedy, and compensation to the family members of over 65 people, who died after consuming spurious liquor.

A bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dr Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chadrachud, refused to entertain the petition filed by NGO, Aryavartha Mahasabha Foundation, and it said the High Court can deal with it.

The plea was filed by Aryavarta Mahasabha Foundation, through advocate Pawan Prakash Pathak, seeking formulation of nation action plan to curb the manufacturing, trading and sale of illicit liquor.

The PIL further sought direction to the State government to adequately compensate the victims’ family because of its inaction rights of the people have been breached, jeopardised.

“Pass direction that the independent Special Investigation Team (SIT) may be formed by the respondent and an independent probe be conducted in this hooch tragedy for effective steps as per law of the land,” the plea stated.

The PIL said that ever since the government of Bihar prohibited liquor sales in the state in 2016, it has invited scathing criticism for is substantial failure to implement the ban and for the several adverse consequences that the move has thrust on the people of Bihar.