Court raps police over discrimination,summons top cop for explanation

Irked at the Mumbai Police’s alleged discriminatory treatment towards five-star hotels in Juhu,the Bombay High Court on Thursday summoned the Mumbai Commissioner of Police on March 31 for an explanation.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: March 30, 2012 12:47 am

Irked at the Mumbai Police’s alleged discriminatory treatment towards five-star hotels in Juhu,the Bombay High Court on Thursday summoned the Mumbai Commissioner of Police (CP) on March 31 for an explanation.

Justice P B Majmudar and Justice R D Dhanuka observed that the state of affairs was “shocking”,and warned that corrupt police officers would be dealt with strictly.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Sea Princess Hotel in Juhu that had alleged that the police were preventing its guests from dancing in Trilogy Bar & Lounge,and were not allowing the place to stay open beyond 1.30 am despite a notification permitting them to stay open till 3 am. The permission had been rejected by the police on the grounds that it would create traffic problems and also that the hotel had not created enough parking space. The petitioner’s lawyer Mukesh Vashi told the court that five-star hotels in the same area were being allowed to run till 3 am without any obstruction from the police.

The court was displeased to learn that the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in-charge of the area had not taken any action against five-star hotels flouting regulations,as directed by the court earlier. The court had said that the police’s policy for hotels should be uniform. The court had,in October 2011,asked the DCP to take action against five-star hotels that do not have a partition separating their permit room from restaurants.

The state government informed the court that notices had been issued to J W Marriott and the Hyatt between March 17 and 20. “It is clear that these notices are just an eyewash,” Justice Majmudar said. “It is shocking. Only in order to make a show,these notices have been issued at the last moment,” he added.

Peeved by the alleged discrimination,the court remarked,“ There is absolutely no reason not to treat other people similarly.”

The court said the CP would have to take action against the concerned DCP and,if found at fault,the concerned officer would have to be suspended. “Don’t defend corrupt officers. It is high time somebody who has done wrong is punished,” the court said.

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