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Jul 16, 2013 at 01:11pm IST

Mumbai dance bars can be reopened, says Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that dance bars can be reopened in Mumbai. Dance performances in Mumbai bars were banned in 2005. The dance bar owners will now have to apply for a licence to the government before reopening.

The ban invoked in 2005 was immediately contested by bar owners and dancers' unions. In April, 2006, the Bombay High Court had struck it down on grounds that the ban prohibited one's right to profession.

In May, 2006, the Maharashtra government had obtained a stay against the HC judgement. The Supreme Court has now upheld the Maharashtra HC order though there is no timeline set.

This affects more than 70,000 people who had lost their livelihood due to the ban on dance bars. Manjit Singh, the plaintiff in the case, has hailed the SC decision saying that it has saved the livelihoods of several women.