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Bombay HC seeks Maharashtra govt's response over plea challenging ban on personal food items inside multiplexes
Directing the Maharashtra government to file a reply to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the ban on carrying personal food items inside movie theatres and multiplexes across the state, the Bombay High Court yesterday pulled up the state government, as reported by PTI.

The court also ordered the state government that it must explain the rationale behind the prohibition within three weeks. The Bombay HC order comes after a PIL was filed by a Mumbai-based resident Jainendra Baxi, whose plea also claims that there is no legal or statutory provision prohibiting an individual from carrying his/her personal food items or water inside the movie hall.

The filed plea also said that the ban on personal food articles particularly affects the senior citizens who cannot eat junk food for medical reasons.

On the other hand, Baxi's counsel Aditya Pratap has also pointed out that the Maharashtra Cinemas (Regulation) Rules do not allow hawking and selling of food & beverages inside the theatres.

The PIL also claimed that the only concern for theatre owners, managing authorities and the state must be to ensure that no safety or security rule is breached by the public visiting such halls.

The bench asked, "You have metal detectors to check for unauthorised or dangerous possessions such as knives and arms. The guards also frisk the public entering the theatres, check their purses and bags, then what is the need to remove all their food items and ask them to purchase food items from the theatres?"

The court has also directed the state to deliberate the suggestions made by the petitioner and clarify its viewpoints in this regard through its reply.

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