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Food inside multiplexes case: State approval for affidavit on policy pending, matter posted for 8 Aug.


A bench at the Bombay high court couldn’t arrive at a decision as the Maharashtra government failed to submit the recommendation to regulate food prices in cinema halls.

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Keyur Seta

Filmmaker Jainendra Baxi has filed a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) against the prohibition of carrying outside food inside multiplexes. A hearing in the case took place today, but a bench at the Bombay high court couldn’t arrive at a decision as the Maharashtra government failed to submit the recommendation to regulate food prices in cinema halls.

The bench had asked the government to come up with the same during the last hearing. The matter is now postponed to 8 August.

Advocate Aditya Pratap, who is representing Baxi, told us, “The government was supposed to submit its affidavit stating what policy it would be framing, which will allow people to carry food inside the cinema halls. The lawyer from the government said that her submission or affidavit is ready, but it needs to be approved by the government. She has sent it to the government. Keeping that in mind, the court has given her two weeks’ time. The matter is kept [for hearing] for 8 August.”

According to Pratap, the next hearing will be crucial. “The hearing on 8 August will be very critical if that day the government agrees with our stand. Then I would say it will be major step forward for the case. However, if the government makes a policy to allow food inside cinema halls then there is a good chance that the multiplex owners might try to challenge the policy. So, it will all depend on the final hearing of the case,” he added.