The Maharashtra government stated that it would remain firm on the dance bar ban, despite the Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday that upheld the Bombay high court ruling that quashed the state ban.
Hours after this judgment, home minister RR Patil, the man who initiated the ban on the pretext of moral policing in 2005, while speaking at the legislative council during the state monsoon session said that they would either file a review petition, or them amend the law at the state level to support the ban.
“We are firm on the ban. We will be forming an expert’s panel that will comprise of legal experts and legislators from both the upper and lower houses. This expert group will look at the details of the case and study the apex court verdict after which we will decide whether to file a review petition or amend the law,” he said at the council while addressing legislators.
He added that the decision will be tabled before the monsoon session ends - within three weeks.
Patil had in 2005 taken a lead in cracking down on dance bars and bar girls in the state on the grounds of morality saying that they were corrupting the youth in the state and are responsible for the destruction of several families.
He had initiated the ban back then and was responsible for closing down over 700 dance bars across Mumbai and Maharashtra back then.
Dance bance owners and women's groups had challenged this in the High Court saying that the decision had snatched the livelihood of several hundred women.
The Bombay high court had ruled the decision as ‘unconstitutional’.