SC stays J&K HC direction allowing people to carry food inside cinema halls

"Can I be allowed to carry my whisky and chips into Willingdon Club and ask for soda there," Rohatgi said as he sought an immediate stay of the high court order.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Aug 11 2018 12:27AM | Updated Date: Aug 11 2018 12:27AM
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The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a Jammu and Kashmir High Court direction to the cinema hall and multiplex owners of the state not to prohibit moviegoers from carrying own food and water inside the theatres.

Besides the relaxation on carrying food items inside the theatres, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had on July 18 passed a number of directions related to cinema halls.

A bench of justices R F Nariman and Indu Malhotra, as an interim relief, stayed only one direction of the high court and sought the reply of the state government and the lawyers who had filed a PIL before the high court within four weeks.

Appearing for the petitioner -- the Multiplex Association of India that has challenged the high court order -- senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said if the order was implemented across the country, these business entities would face a breakdown.

"Can I be allowed to carry my whisky and chips into Willingdon Club and ask for soda there," Rohatgi said as he sought an immediate stay of the high court order.

The bench asked the senior lawyer whether there were any rules that imposed restrictions on carrying food and water inside the theatres.

Rohatgi said statutory rules existed only for films and not for food articles as these business entities were cinema halls.

"The absence of any rules does not mean that people can carry their own food inside the cinema halls," he said.

Senior advocates Abhishek M Singhvi, Vivek Tankha and advocate Sumeer Sodhi, appearing for petitioner Waves Cinema, Jammu, also opposed the high court order, saying the entry tickets of the theatres had conditions mentioned, restricting people from carrying food inside the halls.  

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