Other stringent changes to the law include provisions to confiscate property and impose collective penalty on a village or town. The sentence has also been extended from three months to three years and the fine from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh. The Opposition BJP dubbed it a “black law” and a “draconian” measure. The party MLAs introduced a series of amendments but all were defeated by a voice vote.
The owner of a company would also be considered an accused if the premises is used for consumption, storage or distribution of liquor.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said MLAs had unanimously supported a blanket ban on liquor, and total prohibition has only made the poor happier in the state.