“Many of us have already got the No-Objection Certificate from the landowners and established the bars. The government has not issued new applications to the people who are already running the bars,” senior counsel ARL Sundaresan, appearing for the petitioner, submitted. When the AG contended that the tenders for 2,530 bars had been finalised, the petitioners countered that the bars were not in function for around 15 months due to the pandemic situation. The petitioner prayed for extending the licence to run the bars attached with the Tasmac shops. “The new tender application has put several conditions which did not exist before,” the petitioner added.