Cops dread Sunny show on an already boisterous Dec 31

Cops dread Sunny show on an already boisterous Dec 31

The police said on Saturday they had no official information about the year-end Sunny Leone show.

"No one has approached us for any permission so far," City Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar told reporters.

His statement indicates the government has not changed its mind on allowing the Bollywood actor to perform at a New Year's eve party in the city.

On Friday, home minister Ramalinga Reddy had said he had instructed the police not to allow Sunny Nights, a dance and music show featuring Sunny Leone and DJ All OK. The artistes were to perform on December 31 at Manyata Tech Park.

The city police said they had enough work on their hands on New Year's eve, and had to be extra careful this year, with the high court monitoring them sternly.

In August, a Sunny Leone appearance in Kochi had attracted a sea of men clamouring for a glimpse of the star. Police sources said such a turnout would be a security nightmare on an already boisterous night.

Hosts' plight

The organisers of the Sunny Leone event are keen to convince the government the show must go on.

"We had an appointment with minister Ramalinga Reddy on Saturday, but his personal secretary said he was busy and we could meet him on Sunday," said Harish, managing director of Time Creations, the hosts of Sunny Night.

The hosts said they had put in crores and would suffer huge losses if the ticketed gala was not allowed.

Sources told DH the event was mounted at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore, with Sunny Leone charging Rs 50 lakh and her team Rs 10 lakh.  The organisers said they had taken loans from their salaried friends.

"We will try our best to convince the home minister to allow us to hold the event," Harish told DH.

He said Sunny Night would be cancelled otherwise. "It is not fair to go head with it without the actor," he said.

Watchful eye

On December 15, the high court said the revelry on city streets should be banned if the police were in no position to enforce law and order.

Following this, the city police chief filed an affidavit, promising safety and detailing security measures.

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