Sea Princess case: HC summons Mumbai police chief
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 19:24
Mumbai: Severely castigating the police for acting in a biased manner by singling out a five-star hotel, the Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the city police commissioner Arup Patnaik to appear before it on March 31.

A division bench of Justices P B Majmudar and R D Dhanuka was hearing a petition filed by Hotel Sea Princess challenging an order passed by the deputy commissioner of police (traffic) rejecting the permission to issue license to run a discotheque inside the hotel.

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 rules prescribed while issuing licenses to run discotheques.

The court was today informed that the application of 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 on part 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 said.

Directing the city police chief to remain present on Saturday, the high court said, "We want the commissioner to tell us what steps will be taken against such officers who have flouted our order and taken action just to appease the issue. This is really shocking. If somebody has done something wrong then he will be punished."

According to the petitioner, the permission to issue license to run 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 several other hotels running discotheques without the specified partition but no action was being taken against them.


First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 19:24

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