A day after the Bombay high court asked the state government about its policy on closing time for hotels and bars, sources in the government admitted that there was no uniform policy for the same.
“There are separate licences for restaurants and bars,” said a senior official from the home department. “In case of five star hotels, the home department grants permissions for coffee shops to function round-the-clock as visitors check in late at night and may ask for tea or coffee. The service is for in-house guests,” the official added.
There are different licences for different establishments. There is a premises licence under The Shops and Establishments Act and another licence under Public Performances Act, both of which are given by the government. All establishments, 5-star or otherwise, that want to serve liquor, or want a dance floor and want to function till either 1.30am or 3am need permission from the home department.
The government is likely to put this on record by October 3, as per directions given by the division bench of justice PB Majmudar and justice RM Sawant on Monday. The issue was raised through a petition filed by Shaheen Rafique Khan, who owns a restaurant and bar at Andheri. Khan said police were asking him to shut his restaurant by 1am, even though he had the necessary licence and permission to serve liquor and food till 3am.