Mumbai dance bars to reopen after SC verdict

By Indo Asian News Service | Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | 11:55:58 AM IST (+05:30 GMT) Comment 0 Comment

Mumbai, July 16 (IANS) The city's famous symbol of nightlife, the dance bars which were shut down in 2005, will reopen soon after a Supreme Court verdict in New Delhi Tuesday.

Mumbai, July 16 (IANS) The city's famous symbol of nightlife, the dance bars which were shut down in 2005, will reopen soon after a Supreme Court verdict in New Delhi Tuesday.

Welcoming the judgment, Fight For Rights of Bar Owners Association president M.S. Sethi said Mumbai police had cancelled all licences subject to the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling.

"Now that the SC ruling has gone in our favour, the police decision stands automatically cancelled. I don't see any reason why we cannot re-start the dance bars from today," Sethi said.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said that while shutting down the dance bars, Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil thought he was doing something great.

"His move was not only erroneous but has been proved wrong by the SC verdict. It was just drama," Bhandari said.

Leader of the bar dancers' association Varsha Kale also welcomed the apex court judgment and said a long struggle has finally ended in their favour.

However, state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis said his party was "totally against the culture of dance bars and they must not function". He demanded that the government should file a review petition or make suitable amendments to the law.

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