Supreme Court asks Maharashtra Government to Grant License to Dance Bars, by 15th March, without adding any new condition

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New Delhi: The honourable Supreme Court of India has ordered the State Govt. of Maharashtra that it should grant licences to the dance bars by 15th day of March, 2016.

The Top Court’s has made this decision in connection with the petition filed by the Dance Bar Association, when the Police from Maharashtra state sought to imposed the Twenty- four new conditions in connection with the running of the dance bars. The Apex Court as such, has denied to allow any relief to the State Govt. of Maharashtra and also refused its demand that there should be a live feed from a dance bar to the nearest police station.

Avoiding to grant permission for such live feed, the Top Court observed, that such CCTV coverage of the dance performance area would be violation of the Privacy right.

In the petition, the Dance Bar Association sought to mentioned that such new conditions which the Maharashtra Police is imposing were ‘extremely contentious’.

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Moreover, it is notable from this concerned that in the conditions, the Police had also sought a construction of Three- foot wall between the performance area and patrons’ seating area and also that any person being with criminal history should not be allowed to work in dance bars.

Thus, as per the decision of the honourable Apex Court, it had now modified some of such conditions and the bars were asked to comply with such conditions in three days. And also, the Govt. of Maharashtra is asked to grant license to the dance bars, which are complying such provisions.

Moreover, the Top Court further ordered that the authorities in the Maharashtra Government should act as per the “commander” of the apex court and it should not put any additional condition to stall grant of license to such dance bars.

However, as per the Maharashtra Govt.’s plea, the CCTV cameras in the dance bar will be offering help to maintain the dignity of the girl dancers in the bar and it will also help to prevent their exploitation.

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Adv. Faim Khalilkhan Pathan