(Reopens LGD15)

first_imgThe Maharashtra government had brought an amendment in 2005 — Bombay Police Act — which was challenged in the high court by the association representing restaurants and bars.The Bombay High Court had on April 12, 2006 quashed the governments decision and declared the provision as unconstitutional, saying that it is against Article 19(1)(g) (to practise any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business) of the Constitution.However, the state government had moved the apex court against the high courts order that same year.On July 16, 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the Bombay High Court verdict quashing the state governments order and had said that the ban violated the constitutional right to earn a living.The state assembly, however, had on June 13, 2014 passed the Maharashtra Police (Second Amendment) Bill which prevented licences for dance performances in starred hotels.The ban also covered drama theatres, cinema halls, auditoriums, sports clubs and gymkhanas, where entry is restricted only to members.The 2014 amendment in the Maharashtra Act was challenged by Indian Hotels and Restaurant Association and others before the apex court.Nearly 1500 bars across the state had employed more than 75,000 women dancers before the state government first imposed the ban in 2005. PTI SJK MNL SKV SClast_img read more