Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday allowed New Year celebrations in neighbouring Puducherry. However, the court directed that liquor should not be sold between 10 PM on December 31 and 1 AM on January 1, 2022.
The Bench of Justices S Vaidyanathan and D Bharatha Chakravarthy passed the order on a petition from G A Jagannathan, a resident of Puducherry, seeking a ban on the celebrations citing the spread of COVID-19. He pointed out neighbouring Tamil Nadu and other states, including Karnataka, had not given the nod to the celebrations. The petitioner contended the government of Puducherry allowed New Year celebrations without reference to the ground realities and the same may result in spread of COVID-19/Omicron.