Mumbai police chief appears before HC

Last Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 21:35

Mumbai: In response to summons issued by
the Bombay High Court, the city police commissioner Arup
Patnaik on Saturday personally appeared before a division bench to
explain what steps police had taken against the hotels that
were flouting rules while obtaining licenses to run
discotheques.

Justices P B Majmudar and R D Dhanuka accepted the
explanation of police department that they had taken action in
November 2011 against the erring hotels that flouted such
rules.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Hotel Sea
Princess, challenging an order passed by deputy commissioner
of police (traffic) rejecting permission to run a discotheque
inside the hotel.

Two days back, the Court had severely castigated the
police for acting in a biased manner by singling out the hotel
and directed the police commissioner to appear before it.

The court had, in October last year, asked the police
to be "unbiased and non-discriminatory" and directed them to
consider the petitioner`s application afresh and also to take
action against all those hotels, which do not follow the
prescribed rules, while issuing licenses to run discotheques.

The court was informed on Thursday that the
application of Hotel Sea Princess was rejected again by the
traffic police department and show-cause notices were also
issued on March 20 to eight other hotels, including five-star
hotels like Grand Hyatt, Le Meridien and J W Marriott. The
court was irked over inaction of police in taking action
against the hotels.

"It seems like you (police) have issued the notice just
to show to the court that some action has been taken. It is an
eye-wash. From October, nothing has been done and just a week
before the matter is to come up for hearing notices have been
issued," Justice Majmudar had observed.

According to the petitioner, the permission to issue
license to run a discotheque was rejected, as the hotel does
not have a partition wall separating the disco and the
restaurant.

Petitioner`s lawyer M M Vashi had earlier told the
court that there were many other hotels running discotheques
without the specified partition, but no action was being taken
against them.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 21:35

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