Twenty-seven establishments in Bengaluru have been forced to down their shutters for allowing live music to be played on their premises without a licence. However, that is not something happening for the first time.
In 2005 Karnataka High Court order was upheld by the Supreme Court in January this year. The Licensing and Controlling of Places of Public Entertainment (Bangalore City) Order of 2005 mandated restaurants to obtain a licence for live music performances.
They have been shut down under Section 294 of the IPC and notices have been issued to several others.
“All of them will have to apply for licences with us… It is important to understand that these regulations have been put for the safety and security of people,” the Commissioner told the Print
BUT why is this coming after 13 years? In 2005, the Karnataka Live Band Restaurants Association filed a plea against the Licensing and Controlling of Places of Public Entertainment (Bangalore City) Order of 2005, on the grounds that it violated Article 14 and Article 19(1)(g) of the Constitution.
This came to limelight again when in December 2017 a major fire broke out in a pub, leading to the death of 14 people in Mumbai-Kamala Mills tragedy.
All of this is an attempt for a ” SAFER BENGALURU”.
“We are not here to play spoilsport to the nightlife of Bengaluru. It is the other way round, we are ensuring you have a good time,” officer added.
The order has also been pegged as a way to keep the city’s nightlife “clean”.
Police said its enforcement would ensure Bengaluru was safe from illegal activities such as flesh trade or other forms of trafficking – a reference perhaps to the alleged employment of trafficked women at dance bars.
In a similar incident, last month, Delhi government warned restro-bars playing recorded songs or music in their premises.
The license by the city police will be separate from those issued for operations by the civic agencies. For establishments which employ female staff serving alcohol, a separate license will have to be acquired from the city police, Kumar said.