Writ Petn. No. 1639 of 1996. Case: Kana Nagu Mhatre Vs Assistant Commissioner of Police Panvel Division Navi Mumbai. Bombay High Court

Case Number:Writ Petn. No. 1639 of 1996
Party Name:Kana Nagu Mhatre Vs Assistant Commissioner of Police Panvel Division Navi Mumbai
Counsel:For Petitioner: Smt. V. B. Thadani, Adv. and For Respondents: V. M. Parshurami, Adv.
Judges:B. N. Srikrishna, J.
Issue:Bombay Police Act (22 of 1951) - Section 33; Constitution of India - Articles 19(1)(g), 21, 226
Citation:1996 CriLJ 3144
Judgement Date:April 09, 1996
Court:Bombay High Court


  1. Rule returnable forthwith. Shri Parshurami, learned Assistant Government Pleader, waives service for the Respondents. By consent. Rule called out for hearing and heard.

  2. The Petitioner is the owner of a restaurant run in the name and style of M/s. Hotel Gopika at Panvel in District Raigad. The Petitioner held licences for running an eating house under the Bombay Police Act, for serving liquor therein under the Bombay Prohibition Act and also for providing "entertainment" in the eating house.

  3. The Petitioner was served with Show Cause Notice dated 16th January, 1996 in which it is alleged against him that there were at least 21 previous cases registered against him for different offences under the Prohibition Act during the period 18th May, 1994 to 11th September 1995, out of which 16 cases were pending in the Court and in 5 case, the accused concerned had pleaded guilty and were fined by the Court in various sums of money. It was further alleged that on 15th January, 1996 at 0010 hours, when the Minister for State for Home Affairs; Shri Prabhakarrao More, and his staff raided the hotel, they had noticed that lady waitresses and customers were doing "immoral and obscene acts" at the time of the raid. For this, a criminal complaint has been filed and an F.I.R. lodged under the applicable provisions of the criminal law. For these reasons, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Panvel Division, called upon the Petitioner to show cause as to why his Eating House Licence No. 14 of 1993 should not be cancelled.

  4. By his reply dated 23rd January, 1996, the Petitioner contested the allegations made against him in the show cause notice and contended that all the cases were of a false and frivolous nature and that there was really no complaint made by any member of the public in that regard. Referring to the alleged facts noticed at the time of the Minister's raid along with his staff on 15th January, 1996. he denied them and pointed out that, since the matter was sub judice, no such conclusion could be drawn, unless the Courts trying the matter convicted the Petitioner.

  5. By an Order dated 16th January, 1996, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Panvel Division, Panvel, straight away came to the conclusion that the Petitioner was guilty of breaches of the Bombay Police Act and the Rules as alleged against him and made an order cancelling Eating House Licence No. 14 of 1993 granted to the Petitioner. The Petitioner carried an Appeal to...

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