Whether consumption of liquioror found in consumption position in Private Vehicle is an offence in Bihar State ?

Whether consumption of liquioror found in consumption position in Private Vehicle is an offence in Bihar State ?

When the word ‘consumes’ is followed by liquor, the action   denoted   by   verb   passes   over   from   the   doer   to object i.e.   liquor to constitute the offences within the meaning of Section 53(a). The action of consumption of liquor has to happen within the State of Bihar. A person who consumes liquor in a different State cannot be fastened with a penalty under Section 53(a) unless there   is   some   evidence   to   prove   that   consumption   of liquor by the accused has taken place in the State of Bihar.

As per Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 another

category of offences which has been included in Section

37 is Section 37 sub­section (b) which “is found drunk

or in a state of drunkenness at any place; or”,  thus,

as   per   Bihar   Prohibition   and   Excise  Act,   2016   even   a

person consumes liquor outside the State of Bihar and

enter into the territory of Bihar and is found drunk or

in   a   state   of   drunkenness,   he   can   be   charged   with

offences   under   Section   37(b).   But   no   offence   as   now

contemplated     by   Section   37(b)   was   provided   for   in

Bihar   Excise   (Amendment)   Act,   2016,   thus,   the

consumption of liquor has to be in the State of Bihar.

Whether   charge   that   consumption   of

liquor   has   taken   place   within   the   State   of   Bihar   is

made out in the facts of the present case are questions

which   need   to   be   decided   by   the   learned   Magistrate

after looking into the materials brought on record by

means   of   the   chargesheet. 

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CRIMINAL APPELLATE JURISDICTION     CRIMINAL APPEAL NO.951   OF 2019 (Arising out of SLP(Criminal) No.4994 of 2018) SATVINDER SINGH @ SATVINDER SINGH SALUJA & ORS. … APPELLANT(S) VERSUS THE STATE OF BIHAR … RESPONDENT(S)