Maharashtra govt rigid, may not dance to court's tune

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 17 Juli 2013 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has made clear its intent not to allow dance bars in the state despite the Supreme Court verdict overturning the ban on the establishments here.

Hours after the apex court upheld a Bombay HC order striking down a 2005 legislation that outlawed dance bars, home minister R R Patil told the state legislative council that the government will seek legal advice on how to ensure that dance bars remain shut.

"There has been no change in the situation since the law was passed. We shall form a committee of prominent members of both houses and seek legal advice on how to keep dance bars closed. We shall finalize the strategy during the session," asserted Patil, who spearheaded the crusade in 2005 to ban dance bars.

The home minister told TOI that the state has three options: file a review petition before the SC, refer the case to a larger SC bench, or amend the Bombay Police Act so that the ban continues. "We have briefed the chief minister on the verdict. We are weighing all options," Patil said.

Both ruling and opposition parties demanded in the legislative council that the government appeal against the apex court judgment or reframe the law to prevent dance bars' resumption. The house was adjourned following the protestations.

The opposition leader in the legislative council, Vinod Tawade, who raised the issue, said the reopening of dance bars will have an adverse social impact. "The government must go before a full bench of the Supreme Court for a review of the order," he added. BJP legislator Ashish Shelar insisted that a review petition be filed.

Shiv Sena legislator Diwakar Raote said the government, in 2005, left several loopholes while amending the Bombay Police Act to ban dance bars; "the law and judiciary department does not do due diligence. The government must rework the law and implement it."

Patil responded that the bill to outlaw dance bars was passed unanimously in both houses of the legislature eight years ago. "The issue was raised through a calling attention motion by an opposition legislator, seeking a ban on dance bars in Panvel as it was adversely affecting the area. In fact, policemen would aggressively seek postings in areas with dance bars," said Patil.

The home minister stated that at that time there were 1,200 registered dance bars and an equal number of unregistered ones: "The biggest beneficiaries were these establishments' owners. Women's organizations across the state had demanded a ban on dance bars."

But the ban did not have blanket support right from the beginning. On June 23, 2005, when the cabinet submitted a proposal for promulgating an ordinance to provide for the ban, the then governor, S M Krishna, had rejected the proposal. He had pointed out that there was no urgency for the proscription. The governor had suggested that the government introduce a bill in the two houses of the state legislature. Krishna had reportedly even cautioned the then chief minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh, while doubting the legal validity of such legislation.

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