Cops shielding banned hookah parlours: PIL
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Bombay High Court (HC) directed Thane commissioner K P Raghuvanshi on Monday to file a reply in a case alleging police support to hookah parlours despite a ban.
NGO Crusade Against Tobacco (CAT) has filed a PIL accusing Thane Police of shielding the owner of a hotel on Ghodbunder Road.
Vincent Nazareth of CAT said he saw at least 100 youngsters smoking at the hotel in September.
Justices A M Khanwilkar and Mridula Bhatkar directed Nazareth to file an affidavit and issued a notice to Raghuvanshi.
A circular banning hookah smoking in restaurants and hotels was issued by BMC on July 4, 2011.