The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday asked the UT administration as to whether the closing time of bars and discotheques could be preponed.
The single judge bench of justice Rajan Gupta was hearing a matter pertaining to violence reported at a city discotheque in June.
During the hearing, the high court bench asked the UT’s counsel JS Toor as to when the clubs in the city did not take orders after 10:30pm, why the pubs and discotheques were allowed to operate up to 1am.
Toor informed the court that commercial establishments could operate till 1am on weekdays and up to 2 am on weekends. It was also informed that there are 10 discos-cum-bars, and 73 bars running in the city and but licences are granted to bars only.
Later, the court asked the UT to file a statement apprising the court about the opening/closing timings applicable on other clubs in the city and why some benchmark couldn’t be adopted for running of hotels, discos. The court also appointed advocates Sumeet Goel and KS Nalwa as amicus curiae in the case while posting the matter for further hearing on October 7.
The administration reply came in the proceedings into a firing incident reported in June at a Sector-8 discotheque. The high court had taken serious view of the firing incident and had sought various details on discotheques; observing that the court expected that administration was conscious of the fact that the city could not be allowed to turn into haven for hooligans at night.