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
"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.)