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Allowing outside food in multiplexes may create security issue: Govt to HC

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The government stated today in an in the that it does not deem it necessary to interfere with the ban on in multiplexes, as it may create "chaos" or "security issues".

During the recent Monsoon Session, the government had told the that multiplexes and malls have been directed to allow eatables and beverages inside, after some legislators raised the issue of high prices of at such places.

In the filed today, the government, though, said it will direct multiplexes and cinema halls to provide drinking water free of charge, and sell and beverages at a price not exceeding the

A bench of Justices and will be hearing a petition challenging ban on and beverages at multiplexes and cinema halls tomorrow.

The affidavit, filed by Venkatesh Bhatt, deputy secretary, home department, said it does not want to interfere with the restriction.

"Although there is no specific provision in the Cinema (Regulations) Rules 1966 to prohibit viewers from taking their own or water inside, as per the opinion of the of police, carrying own food may create chaos and may lead to security issue," the said.

"It is therefore submitted that there is no necessity to modify or make any changes in the prevailing rules (which bar or beverages)," it said.

On June 27 this year, the court had asked the government why it could not regulate the prices of at multiplexes which are exorbitant.

The public interest litigation (PIL) filed through Aditya Pratap has challenged this prohibition.

The court had directed the state to file an affidavit clarifying its stand.

Pratap said he will oppose the state's stand tomorrow as "there are serious issues of fundamental rights involved.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 22:30 IST