We may usefully advert to Paragraph Nos. 53-59, Har Shankar v. The Dy. Excise and Taxation Commissioner, (1975) 1 SCC 737.
“The State, under its regulatory powers, has the right to prohibit absolutely every form of activity in relation to intoxicants — its manufacture, storage, export, import, sale and possession. In all their manifestations, these rights are vested in the State and indeed without such vesting there can be no effective regulation of various forms of activities in relation to intoxicants.
This power of control is an incident of the society’s right to self-protection and it rests upon the right of the State to care for the health, morals and welfare of the people. Liquor traffic is a source of pauperism and crime.”
– Hon’ble Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, The State of Jharkhand v. M/s. Ajanta Bottlers & Blender Pvt. Ltd., [Civil Appeal No. 5138 of 2019].
My Lord, Judges in Har Shankar, (1975) 1 SCC 737?
Five. Hon’ble Judges A.C. Gupta, A. Alagiriswami, K.K. Mathew, Y.V. Chandrachud; Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Justice A.N. Ray.