Loud music into the early hours lands promoters of Mumbai pub in soup

Loud music into the early hours lands promoters of Mumbai pub in soup

The promoters of Mumbai's 'Drinking Kulture' were held guilty by the apex court of flouting its directions.

The court came down heavily on the promoters but let them off with a fine of Rs 5 lakh.

The pub, run by Wallstreet Hospitality, opened in December with several Bolloywood bigwigs, including director-producer Subhash Ghai, attending the inauguration.

However, the apex court had in July given the promoters time until December 31 to vacate the premises in view of the hardship it was causing to the residents of Evertop Apartments Cooperative Housing Society at Andheri West.

After finding that the pub was operating till 7 am even after the apex court's order, secretary of the housing society, Dr Pawan Sood, filed a contempt petition, stating that the promoters had openly flouted the express conditions that it would not create noise and down shutters by 1 am every day.

On Wednesday, a bench of Justices R F Nariman and Sanjay Kishan Kaul was furious while noting that they deliberately disobeyed the court's order passed on July 28.

The court gave a serious reprimand to the promoters, who were personally present on its direction.

"How dare you flout the order of the Supreme Court? You will now go straight to jail," Justice Nariman, who presided over the bench, told the promoters.

The promoters, however, repeatedly expressed their sincere apology and remorse for contemptuous behaviour.

Initially, Justice Nariman wanted to pass an order but Justice Kaul prevailed upon the senior judge.

Arjun S Bobde, the counsel for the promoters, submitted that they were young and could be given a chance.

The bench then said, "We first and foremost hold that they are in contempt of this court's order. However, considering their plea and the fact that the contemnors appear to be contrite, we impose a fine of Rs 5 lakh to be deposited with the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee within a period of four weeks."

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