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PTI 10 Aug 2018, 03:36 PM India

Food at multiplexes: Dhananjay Munde demands govt change its

stand in HC

Mumbai, Aug 10 (PTI) NCP leader Dhananjay Munde today

demanded that the Maharashtra government withdraw an affidavit

before Bombay High Court where it said there was no need to

interfere with ban on outside food at multiplexes.

In a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Munde

said the government's position in the court was contrary to

its stand in the state legislature during monsoon session.

Munde, who is the Leader of Opposition in the

Legislative Council, said the government's stand in the high

court would not stand legal scrutiny.

The government, on August 7, told the high court that

it did not deem it necessary to interfere with the ban on

outside food in multiplexes, as allowing outside food or

beverages inside may create "chaos" or "security issues".

The court was hearing a PIL opposing ban on outside

food at multiplexes.

However, earlier, during the monsoon session, the

government had said multiplexes and malls have been directed

to allow carrying of eatables and beverages inside, after some

legislators raised the issue of exorbitant prices of food at

such places.

"Cinema halls are given license under the Maharashtra

Cinemas (Regulation) Rules, 1966. Nowhere the rules state that

outside food cannot be taken inside," Munde said.

"So the pretext of security is not going to stand a

scrutiny of law. Hence, the government should request the

court to allow it to withdraw the affidavit and file a fresh

one before any law and order issue crops up," he added, in

apparent reference to agitations against multiplexes over this

issue.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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