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5-star discos: Angry HC slams police, says notices to hotels are an ‘eyewash’

Slamming the police for not following its orders and singling out a five-star hotel in Juhu, the Bombay high court on Thursday directed the city police chief to appear in court on March 31.

mumbai Updated: Mar 30, 2012 02:12 IST
Mohan K Korappath

Slamming the police for not following its orders and singling out a five-star hotel in Juhu, the Bombay high court on Thursday directed the city police chief to appear in court on March 31.

A division bench of justice PB Majmudar and justice RD Dhanuka was hearing a case regarding alleged discrimination being meted out by the authorities to Hotel Sea Princess in Juhu.

Terming the notices issued to other five-star hotels as an ‘eyewash’, the judges warned the government: “Don’t defend corrupt officers. It is high time somebody who has done wrong is punished.”

The five-star hotel has been involved in rounds of litigation on the grounds that the police were preventing its guests from dancing in Trilogy Bar & Lounge and were not allowing it to remain open beyond 1.30am despite a notification permitting it to stay open till 3am.

The hotel’s counsel Mukesh Vashi contended that other five-star hotels in the vicinity were operating in similar fashion without any interference of the police.

The court was miffed that the deputy commissioner of police concerned had not followed the court’s orders asking him to take action against five-star hotels that were flouting rules.

An October 18, 2011, order directed the DCP to initiate action against hotels that did not have a partition demarcating its permit room from restaurant areas.

However, the assistant government pleader informed the court that the notices had been issued to a few hotels between March 17 and 20, 2012.

“It is shocking. Only in order to make a show these notices have been issued at the last moment,” Majmudar said. “It is clear that these notices are just an eyewash.”

The court stated that the police commissioner would have to take action against the DCP. “Tell us what action is contemplated against such officers,” the judges told the government.

The authorities have to suspend the police officers concerned, the court said.

Last year the court had pulled up the police for the ‘discrimination’ against the hotel and had almost summoned the police commissioner. “There is absolutely no reason not to treat other people similarly,” the court said.