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Karnataka HC orders notice to Police Commissioner

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As per this order, producing Occupancy Certificate is a must, and the application seeking for licence is a must.

BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the City Police Commissioner in response to a petition filed against the ‘closure notice’ issued to the owners of some live bands, bar and restaurants.

Contending that issuing direction for closure of performance of live bands (music recorded/live) would hinder the rights guaranteed under the constitution, Costa Rica Bar & Restaurant, one of the petitioners, said the city police had issued the notice dated June 11, 2018 in haste and without application of mind.
Hearing the petitions, Justice Aravind Kumar adjourned the hearing to Wednesday, after ordering notice to the City Police Commissioner.

Like Costa Rica Bar & Restaurant, many other bars and restaurants and firms operating live bands moved the court against city police commissioner. Costa Rica Bar & Restaurant contended in the petition that rejecting the petitioner’s application seeking renewal of licence for want of Occupancy Certificate, was wrong, without considering the fact that the building in which the petitioner operating the establishment was built in 1978.

The police have issued closure notice to the live bands and bars and restaurants in the city as they had not obtained licences as per the provisions of the Licensing and Controlling of Places of Public Entertainment (Bangalore City) Order, 2005.

As per this order, producing Occupancy Certificate is a must, and the application seeking for licence is a must. This order which regulates the restaurants and live bands was upheld by the Supreme Court in January 2018. Based on this verdict, the police initiated action.

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