Nagpur: District collector Sachin Kurve has cancelled the liquor licence of La Horee Deluxe bar and restaurant located on West High Court (WHC) Road, Dharampeth. This follows cancellation of licence of Cloud 7 restro-lounge on Monday.
Following a quarrel between the bar owner and some patrons, both parties had fired in the air on November 13. This had created concerns about safety and security of residents in Dharampeth area.
Kurve has cancelled the licence on other grounds too. It was found that Sameer Sharma was running the bar even though the excise licence holder was someone else. This violates Section 49 of Bombay Prohibition Act, 1953.
Moreover, it is mandatory to register the names of people working in a bar with the state excise department. However, Sharma’s name was not registered.
Kurve, in his order, stated that the licence holder allowed a person with criminal background to run La Horee bar. Several police cases have been registered against Sharma in the past. This is a grave violation of law and led to crimes like physical assault and firing. Such incidents had occurred earlier too. This is disturbing the peace and quiet of Dharampeth locality, the order added.
CP K Venkatesh says that the city police were in the process of making a list of bars located in sensitive zones. “We will keep these bars under watch. The list would be forwarded to the district collector for further decision,” Venkatesh said.
Cloud 7 bar’s licence was also cancelled on similar grounds. It was in the name of somebody else but he had given it to Pramod Bambrotwar to run the establishment. It is mandatory for the licence holder to register the names of the bar employees with the excise department. Bambrotwar’s name had not been registered in case of Cloud 7.