Mumbai's dance bars flouting rules, says HC petition
Mumbai: A total of 359 dance bars in the city flout rules by serving liquor in restaurants instead of permit rooms, a High Court petition alleged on Monday.
According to rules, licences were obtained from the police to perform orchestra in restaurants, but there is a ban on serving liquor in such places, the petition said.
Liquor can be served only in permit rooms and not in restaurants, the petition, filed by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) worker Manohar Jariyal said.
He said that four bars in suburban Chembur had been flouting such rules and there were cases registered against them, information received through the Right to Information (RTI) Act had revealed, the petitioner alleged.
A list of such cases filed against errant dance bars was shown to the court, which prompted Justice AM Khanwilkar to remark "Why their licences had not been cancelled?"
The bench asked the state to file an affidavit on what action had been taken against those flouting rules, by February 14.