|Happy New Year 2012|
A vacation bench of the HC rejected a petition filed by the Indian Hotel & Restaurant Association (AHAR) for permission to play live music till 5am on January 1, 2012. The judges said any decision on timings for restaurants was "in the state government's realm".
"We cannot pass any directions," said Justices M L Tahaliyani and G S Godbole. They said that granting such permission would "amount to usurping the state's power" especially when a December 20 home department circular is "very clear and grants no such permission for orchestras".