Hours after the Supreme Court’s interim order suspending the ban on dance performances in Maharashtra bars, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Thursday that his government would go in appeal to the top court to ensure the enforcement of the ban.
“My government is in favour of the ban on dance bars. There is absolutely no ambiguity about my government’s stand on the matter,” Fadnavis said. “While the Supreme Court’s interim order mandates regulation instead of a ban on dance bars, my government is in favour of a total ban.”
“Accordingly, we have taken steps to examine the order of the apex court and will go in appeal to press our demand for the ban on dance bars. We are studying the interim order in detail. From what I gather, the court in its interim order has mandated regulation to ensure indecent conduct or act is not allowed.”
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Shortly, after the decision was conveyed to the state government, Fadnavis began the process of legal consultations with the Advocate General and legal department of the Maharashtra government.
The directive from the state government, officials said, is not to compromise on the ban on dance bars since it was an executive decision.
Also, directives have been given to ascertain the shortcomings in the way of taking the executive order to a logical end in courts.
The ruling BJP and Shiv Sena are united on the issue. Shiv Sena ministers have left the decision to the Chief Minister to reiterate the government stand on enforcing the ban.