CM Devendra Fadnavis suspends four cops over dance bar renewal

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has suspended three police inspectors and one assistant police inspector for dereliction of duty and false reporting in connection with renewal of dance bar permits.

“For pending Dance Bar licence applications, Mumbai Police Commissioner had sought report from these officers regarding compliance of conditions set out by the state government with Supreme Court approval for granting licences to dance bars,” a CMO official said.

“These four police officers had submitted false reports. Hence, CM has suspended them and ordered departmental enquiry against them,” the official said. In the wake of the Supreme Court order on resumption of dance bars in Maharashtra, the state government has granted licences to owners of four such bars.

The apex court had on March 2 rejected certain suggestions like providing live CCTV footage to police of performances in the dance bars and asked the state government to grant licences to owners within 10 days after they comply with the modified guidelines.

Maharashtra Police had earlier proposed the owners will have to cover and segregate bar area with dance area and provide them the CCTV footage of the performance of women artistes.

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