New Delhi, December 29
Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil has ordered an investigation against the dance bars operating in Thane and Navi Mumbai allegedly found involved in illegal activities.
State HM Walse-Patil mentioned about the said order to the Maharashtra Police in an going stateassembly session where he said, “I have ordered a thorough probe into illegal activities going on in some dance bars, which have been brought to our notice.”
He further said that the licence of four dance bars have been suspended for allowing orchestra to play. The Foreign Liquor Country Liquor licence of 10 bars has also been suspended. The excise department has been directed to proceed with the action.
In addition to that the criminal offense has been registered against six dance bars in Thane district.
The decision came following a sting operation carried out by a Marathi TV channel, which exposed illegal activities in the six dance bars of Thane.
State HM Walse-Patil also categorically mentioned, “There is no question of shielding anybody in such matters. We are not going to confine our action against a junior official. If senior officials are found guilty, we will take action.”
“I have already directed the concerned departments in Thane and Raigaid to act,” he added.
Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis, slammed the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government over functioning of dance bars in Navi Mumbai.
Speaking in the Assembly, Fadnavis said, “Are these dance bar operators and owners not even afraid…? Knowing well that the session is underway, they have the audacity to keep their dance bars open… As per reports, the women working in the dance bars are also indulging in sex for Rs 3,000”.
Fadnavis also mentioned that the dance bars are braking the Covid protocols in these districts and gathering crowds with the non-action of police.