After being criticised for serving liquor to youngsters below the permissible age, Bandra-based Royalty Club seems to have become stricter with its entry norms.
The Santacruz police recently filed a case against the club for allegedly serving alcohol to six youngsters who were involved in a drink-driving accident that killed an 18-year-old girl on Saturday.
Serving liquor to the youths who were below the permissible age, the police said, was a violation under the Bombay Prohibition Act.
According to visitors, they are now being asked for age and identity proofs to determine that they are above 21.
A 19-year-old resident of Bandra visited the club on Wednesday night with six other friends. The group, however, was denied entry. “They have never asked us for an age proof before. On Wednesday, we tried to get in four times and on all occasions they asked us for our age proof and eventually denied entry to us,” the girl said.
Another 20-year-old boy from Goregaon (West), who visited the club only a month ago, said although clubs in five-star hotels do not allow entry to anyone below 21, the same was not true for Royalty. “They didn’t ask me for any age proof last month. But they do ask for an identity proof when serving alcohol. However, a friend who is above 21 years of age can get a drink for you,” said the youngster, who is a third-year engineering student.
YP Singh, former IPS officer and now a lawyer, said serving liquor to those below the permissible age is illegal and allowing entry to such persons in a permit room is a violation under the Bombay Foreign Liquor rules issued under the Bombay Prohibition Act.
The state-wide permissible age for consuming beer is 21 years and for hard liquor, it is 25.
“A permit room can allow entry only to those persons who have valid permits to consume or purchase alcohol. If they are allowing entry to youngsters who are below 25, it is a violation, unless the club has a definite segregation between the bar and the common area,” he said.
The club authorities were unavailable for comment.