Its a relief for the dance bar owners in Maharashtra as the Supreme Court today relaxed conditions laid down by the Maha government that made it almost impossible to get licences for dance bars.
The apex court ruled that while it is ok to regulate the bars, the state has no authority to prohibit them completely.
The SC also said that dance bars can organise orchestra and the patrons can give tips to bar dancers. But the court also ruled that showering of cash and coins should not be allowed inside bars.
A bench of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan had said in August, “This appears to be a case of total moral policing. You have not issued even a single licence and rejected all. It’s inconceivable that the authorities are under the apprehension and working with a bent of mind that the dance at the bars is obscene in nature.”
The apex court has also quashed the state government’s order of installing CCTV cameras inside the dance bars . “Supreme Court quashes conditions of Maharashtra government of putting CCTV cameras in dance bars of Mumbai, giving licence to people of good character as ‘vague’,” said the top court.
The Court has also set aside the rule which stated that dance bars should be 1 km away from educational and religious places.