Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Thursday that his government still favoured ban on dance bars.
Fadnavis tweeted: "Although SC interim order mandates regulation instead of ban on dance bars, government still favours ban.We will examine and press our demand in SC."
Although SC interim order mandates regulation instead of ban on dance bars,Govt still favours ban.We will examine & press our demand in SC.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) October 15, 2015
The Supreme Court today stayed the operation of 2014 amendment in the Maharashtra Police Act that had banned dance performances at bars and some other places, paving the way for reopening of dance bars across the state.
Referring to the brief history of judicial pronouncement in the case and subsequent amendment in the state law, a bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla Chandra Pant said "We think it appropriate to stay the provisions section 33 (A)(1) of the Maharashtra Police (second amendment) Act," as per PTI.
The court however added a rider to its interim order and allowed the licensing authorities in the state to regulate indecent dance performances at bars and other places.
The apex court has now fixed the petition filed by Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association for final hearing on November 5 and said that the matter pertaining to the similar issue had already been decided by this court in 2013.
(With PTI inputs)