The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Chandigarh Administration to inform why some cannot be adopted for running of hotels and night clubs in the city. The directions came from Justice Rajan Gupta Wednesday during the hearing of a case pertaining to a shootout outside the Score Disco in Sector 8 in the intervening night of June 1 and 2. The court observed that it needed to be looked into that when other clubs in the city got closed around 11 pm, discos and pubs should follow suit to keep a check on untoward incidents.
The court also appointed advocates Sumeet Goel and K S Nalwa as amicus curiae in the case to assist the court. Appearing for the Chandigarh Administration, advocate J S Toor sought some more time from the court to seek instructions from the concerned authorities and apprise the court of the opening and closing timings applicable for other clubs in the city.
The police had informed the court that in the Score Disco case as the accused were creating ruckus in an inebriated state, they were asked to leave the disco. However, one of the accused fired at a private security guard at the disco.
Justice Gupta earlier observed, “This court expects that administration is conscious of the fact that the city cannot be allowed to turn into haven for hooligans at night.”
The court was informed by the Chandigarh Administration that there were a total of 73 bars and 10 bar-cum-discos in the city. It was also informed that these bars and bar-cum-discos were allowed to remain open till 1 am on weekdays and till 2 am on weekends. It was also informed that there was no separate licencing policy for discos in the city. The next hearing of the case is on October 7.