Eviction notice: HC directs bar to provide evidence to Palike

Eviction notice: HC directs bar to provide evidence to Palike

In the wake of the recent fire tragedy at a rooftop restaurant in Mumbai that claimed 14 lives, the Karnataka High Court observed that the BBMP had taken steps to avert such incidents in Bengaluru by issuing notices to all establishments that violate rules with regard to fire safety and noise pollution.

Justice Vineet Kothari made this observation while hearing a petition filed by Amit Ahuja, owner of The Open Box bar and restaurant. Ahuja had  moved the court, challenging the BBMP's notice, which, according to him, was given without any intimation.

The bench directed the petitioner to make a representation along with supporting evidence before the BBMP in response to their eviction notice.

The bench has asked the BBMP to give the petitioner a fair hearing on January 16. The BBMP should also inform the petitioners about the various safety measures and norms that are required to be complied with. Thereafter, the Palike should evaluate their representations and pass an appropriate order based on the same, it said.  

The bench observed that the BBMP's notice was an intimation of the consequences of violation of regulations and not an order for eviction.

The BBMP's counsel submitted that 70 such notices have been issued to various pubs and rooftop restaurants that do not comply with the civic agency's regulations with regard to noise pollution and fire safety.

The bench, for its part, said the court cannot intervene at this stage, and  disposed of the matter.  

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