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Dance bars to re-open after 8 years

16 Jul 2013
Dance bars to re-open after 8 years
  • The Supreme Court sustained Bombay High Court's order that allowed dance bar owners to reapply for licences.
  • The dance bars were re-opened after 8 years of ban by the state government.
  • The ban in April 2005 had put 1.5 lakh people out of job, including 70,000 bar girls.
  • The government's logic was that dance bars were a bad influence on society and encouraged prostitution.

SC to hear plea against dance bar ban

13 Sep 2014
SC to hear plea against dance bar ban
  • Supreme Court agreed to hear a plea against the renewed ban on dance bars and issued a notice to the state which is to be answered in four weeks.
  • The plea mentioned that the new law was brought in to nullify the SC order that had stayed the ban.
  • Women's rights groups had described the ban as "arbitrary, discriminatory and unreasonable moral policing".

SC asks Maharashtra government to give dance-bar licences

26 Nov 2015
SC asks Maharashtra government to give dance-bar licences
  • The Supreme Court asked the Maharashtra government to settle on applications that sought licences for dance bars in 2 weeks.
  • Maharashtra government told the SC that its ruling will be adhered to and all "eligible hoteliers will be given licences."
  • Government had claimed that bars were leading to alcoholism in youngsters and hence had withheld licenses to put a stop.

SC: Give dance-bar licenses by 15 March; no CCTVs

2 Mar 2016
SC: Give dance-bar licenses by 15 March; no CCTVs
  • The Supreme Court directed the Maharashtra state government to give licences to dance bars by 15 March.
  • The apex court also declined to yield to the state government's call that there be a live footage from the dance bar to the closest police station.
  • The court said that CCTV live-feed of the dance performance area would be an invasion of privacy.

4 Mumbai dance bars get permits to operate

16 Mar 2016
4 Mumbai dance bars get permits to operate
  • 4 dance bars in Mumbai got the licence from the state government on the orders of SC, 11 years after they were first closed down.
  • It will take another 4-5 days for these bars to become operational.
  • They need the 'Rangabhoomi licence' from the cultural affairs ministry and police verification before they open.
  • 16 more bars are expected to get permits in 2-3 days.

Maharashtra government imposes more rules for dance bars

30 Mar 2016
Maharashtra government imposes more rules for dance bars
  • Despite SC's ruling on dance bars, the Maharashtra government has decided to impose strict conditions to regulate the dance bars.
  • In the draft of the new bill, provision of CCTV cameras was made compulsory.
  • No bars can come up within 1km of any educational or religious institution.
  • Further, the bars will be asked to restrict operation till 11.30pm (any violation would invite a fine).

SC pulls up Maharashtra government, says dance bars better than begging

25 Apr 2016
SC pulls up Maharashtra government, says dance bars better than begging
  • The SC criticized the Maharashtra government for not giving licence to dance bars and warned the state to not overstep its authority by defying the SC order.
  • The SC also pulled up the government for drafting rules that prevent opening of dance bars within 1km from educational institutions.
  • SC said dance bars are better than women "begging on streets or indulging in unacceptable activities".

Maha: Will abide by SC dance bar order

28 Apr 2016
Maha: Will abide by SC dance bar order
  • Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has said that the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government in the state would adhere by the Supreme Court's remarks on the dance bar issue.
  • The SC told the Maharashtra government that "government's measures can't be prohibitory," as dance is a profession and an art form.
  • The Maharashtra Government assured the apex court that the state government's rules would be revised.

SC-Maharashtra: Approve 8 dance bars by 12 May

11 May 2016
SC-Maharashtra: Approve 8 dance bars by 12 May
  • The Supreme Court has directed the Maharashtra government to grant licenses to eight dance bars in the next two days, stipulating strict conditions for the same.
  • The conditions include getting an undertaking by bar owners that employees with criminal records would not be allowed near the dance area.
  • The SC has given until today to receive the undertakings and until Thursday to grant licenses.

Maha grants licenses to 3 dance bars

13 May 2016
Maha grants licenses to 3 dance bars
  • The Maharashtra government granted licenses to 3 dance-bars out of the 6 that submitted their affidavits to the Mumbai police.
  • Aero Punjab and Sai Prasad at Andheri and Indiana at Tardeo were given licences.
  • Officials said their opening would be delayed as they had to comply with the new norms.
  • Also, the cost of police licenses for bars was raised from ₹2000 to ₹2,00,000.

Liquor ban, CCTV unacceptable in dance bars: SC

23 Sep 2016
Liquor ban, CCTV unacceptable in dance bars: SC
  • The Supreme Court allowed three dance bars in Maharashtra to operate without CCTV cameras and serve alcohol until 1.30 AM.
  • The three bars, the only one to get licenses, challenged a plea by Mumbai Police to add CCTV cameras and prohibit alcohol sales within the premises.
  • Passing a temporary judgement, the SC will hear the case again on 24 November.