Five-star hotels take dance bar licences to be on safe side of law

Starred hotels do not have dance bars. Why then do they take dance bar licences, which, the state home minister said on Monday, could be revoked? “Hotels take the licence though they allow dance performances in private, cultural and institutional events,” said Dinesh Advani, president, Hotel and Restaurant Association (Western India). “Hotels maintain purity of performance in a sterile and secure environment, without causing outrage or going against government policies.”

The idea is not to be caught on the wrong side of the law, “just in case”, said a hotel manager.

The home minister, RR Patil, told the assembly that in a day or two the government would inform about its stand on the recent Supreme Court verdict upholding the Bombay high court’s decision to quash the state’s 2005 ban on dance bars. After question hour on Monday, MNS member Bala Nandgaonkar and veteran legislator Ganpatrao Deshmukh asked Patil about the steps the ruling Congress-NCP combine was taking on the issue. “The government has taken legal opinion from experts in Delhi and Mumbai,” Patil said. “The government still thinks the ban on dance bars should continue. It has formed a committee of experts to decide on the future course of action.”

Full report here Times of India


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