Following a recent decision of Gurgaon police to withdraw the ‘no objection certificate’ to Gurgaon’s well-known night club and bar operating out of a five-star hotel on the MG Road, the Haryana Excise and Taxation Department suspended its licence on Tuesday.
The excise department accused the club Peppers of serving alcohol to underage customers, encouraging prostitution, entertaining nefarious persons and hosting foreigners with dubious antecedents.
Peppers is operated by M/s Bright Star Hotels Pvt Ltd on the premises of Bristol Hotel on the MG Road.
A Gurgaon local court is also scheduled to hear the anticipatory bail plea of the directors of the club, including CEO Shamsher Singh, on
Wednesday for violating excise rules, not meeting fire and safety norms and promoting nefarious activities.
Meanwhile, in a written order, the additional excise and taxation commissioner (HQ), Haryana, directed the suspension of the liquor licence to the club with immediate effect after observing that the club had violated several rules of the Punjab Excise Act 1914, Haryana Liquor Licence Rules 1970 and Punjab Intoxicants Licence and Sale, 1970.
Apart from this, the department has also taken cognizance of the recommendation made by Gurgaon police regarding high threat perception to visitors because of alteration in the entry and exit points to the club.
The suspension of licence has come after a series of raids and inspections by the Gurgaon police and excise department.
Gurgaon police commissioner Navdip Singh Virk said Peppers club had obtained permissions by misrepresenting facts and this duplicity was revealed after the police sought relevant documents from the town and country planning department, fire department, MCG, and Excise department.
“There is no provision of a club in the original building plan of Bristol hotel for which an occupation certificate was obtained — the space was primarily meant for shops,” Virk said.
The entry and exit were being operated illegally from fire exits and, despite the undertaking by management to rectify this and other anomalies, no corrective measures were taken, he said.
Virk said the government officials who helped the club secure various permissions may also face action.
The Gurgaon police recommended to the excise department that the licence of the club be suspended and said, “Violations render the place highly susceptible to large scale human casualty in case of fire or any other any mishap. Hence, the running of Peppers in the present place is dangerous and unsafe for people visiting Hotel Bristol as well as “Peppers.”
An official of Bristol Hotel, Col Sehgal, refused comment on the development.