Govt to de­fend dance bar rules in SC, but will­ing to be flex­i­ble

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The state govern­ment on Thurs­day said it was firm on the rules it has framed for re­open­ing of the dance bars, al­though i t was will­ing to make a few changes if needed. The move comes a day af­ter the Supreme Court said the norms set by the state govern­ment for is­su­ing li­cences to dance bars were “ab­surd”.

The state home depart­ment is ex­pected to file the af­fi­davit in the Apex Court be­fore the next hear­ing on March 1. Of­fi­cials said they will try and jus­tify the norms in the Supreme Court. They claimed that the rules have been framed as per the ob­ser­va­tions of the Supreme Court, which had up­held the govern­ment’s right to curb ob­scen­ity and vul­gar­ity that is pro­moted in the name of busi­ness by the dance bars.

The govern­ment, how­ever, has shown will­ing­ness to be flex­i­ble and make a few changes to the norms if re­quired.

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