HC seeks status of implementation of rules for bars

The Bombay High Court Monday questioned the state government over the action taken to ensure implementation of rules that govern bars, restaurants and orchestra bars in the city.

Manohar Jariyal, a NCP member, in his petition claims that several establishments serve alcohol even outside the permit room. He pointed out that a condition for orchestra bars is that the orchestra cannot perform in the permit area, and that only four men and four women can perform at a time. Jariyal claimed that these conditions are being violated in several cases.

Responding to the petition, a division bench of justices A M Khanwilkar and K K Tated has asked the state government to file an affidavit stating the action taken against establishments that serve alcohol outside the permit rooms and stage orchestra performances in prohibited areas. The petition has been slated for hearing on February 14, by when the government will have to file the affidavit.

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