The decision for closure of wine shops along the state or national highways was made after a petition filed by the chairman Sheikh Ghulam Rasool of a Kashmir-based religious organisation, Karwan-i-Islami in October last year challenging the Article 47 of the Constitution of India and Section 24 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir. The article says that it is mandatory for the state government to make every effort to safeguard and promote the health of the people and curb the sale and consumption of liquor which is responsible for deteriorating public health.
However the state government in the reply of the petition submitted that it is impossible to order total prohibition on the sale of liquor in the state. But the owners of the liquor shops operating on the state as well as national highways in J&K were asked to relocate the outlets. The government had also submitted that wine shops could not operate near schools and religious places.