SC not happy with CCTVs in Maharashtra dance bars

SC not happy with CCTVs in Maharashtra dance bars

The Supreme Court on Wednesday took exception to Maharashtra government’s direction to install CCTV at the hotels and restaurants with dance bars, saying it is unacceptable and impermissible.

“The right to practice one’s profession cannot be curtailed by using such tools. You must come out of your gender bias,” a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Shiva Kirti Singh told Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, defending the conditions set by the Maharashtra government.

Referring to its judgment in 2013 which struck down ban on the dance bars, the bench said such conditions like putting CCTV and non-transparent partition between dance bars and eateries could not be allowed in the name of checking obscenities.

Senior advocate Jayant Bhushan, appearing for Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association, submitted that the state government put regressive clauses like putting CCTV linked to nearest police control room and character and antecedents verification of all hotel employees in an effort to put hurdle in running dance bars. He said the government has also directed for covering the area where women artists were to perform.

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