Mumbai police chief appears before HC
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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.


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

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