A Division Bench of the High Court comprising acting Chief Justice N. V. Ramana and Justice Vilas Afzalpurkar on Friday directed the government to file comprehensive affidavit indicating the stand of the government regarding ‘liquor-free’ Tirupati.

The affidavit shall state whether there is any policy for the government in this regard.

The Excise Department informed the court that there are 28 liquor shops and 15 bars located in municipal corporation limits of Tirupati and about 25 shops are in Tirupati rural mandal.

The Bench was dealing with a writ appeal filed by Vijay Bhaskar who complained that his shop was shifted from ward 10 to 15 and this was cancelled by a single judge at the instance of other persons.

He filed the writ appeal and in this appeal the Bench noticed that the department was talking about keeping roads leading to Tirumala free from bars and retail wine shops.

The Bench suspended the order of single judge but wanted the government to make its stand clear on this issue of keeping Tirupati liquor free.

The case has been listed for April 15.

Who killed the dogs?

Justice Naushad Ali asked the police to file counter affidavit regarding the stage of investigation into case registered in December 2011 pertaining to killing of dogs near a farm house at Satam Rai, on the way to Shamshabad.

The Judge was dealing with a writ petition filed by Subhakar Reddy, a practicing advocate.

He said that he had dogs for protection of farm house near Satam Rai, on the way to Shamshabad.

He complained that one Black Labrador and other German shepherd were missing and they were later found killed.

The postmortem report said that they were thrashed with iron roads etc.

Though he lodged report in December 2011 and gave names of suspects the police haven’t investigated the case. The police said that the petitioner is not cooperating with them.

The judge adjourned the case to Monday for the version of police.