In yet another major decision, the Maharashtra’s tough rules for dance bars have been relaxed by the top court.
The Supreme Court stated ruled today that liquor and dance can co-exist.
This comes as in August last year itself, the court reserved its verdict on the pleas of hotel and restaurant owners challenging the 2016 Maharashtra law.
Performers at dance bars can be paid tips but they cannot be showered with cash, the top court said.
The Supreme Court also backed fixing the time and asking dance bars in the state to operate from 6 pm to 11.30 pm.
The rule requiring a partition between bar rooms and the dance floor was also cancelled by the court.
Dance bar owners had objected to the restriction of maintaining a 1-km distance from any religious or educational structure claiming it was not possible in big cities.