Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has announced the formation of a legal panel to study the Supreme Court ruling striking down its decision to ban dance bars.

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"We have not yet received a copy of the Supreme Court ruling. A panel comprising lawyers, legal consultants and legislators will study it and submit a report to the state government," Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said, reacting to the Apex Court ruling.
Making a statement in the Legislative Council, the minister said the panel would suggest whether to approach a full bench, file a review petition or change existing laws in the state against dance bars. Meanwhile, political parties in Maharashtra reacted strongly to the Supreme Court verdict.

Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president, Manikrao Thakre said there should be a strong law to ban dance bars, while Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state chief Bhaskar Jadhav said that "people of the state" support the ban on dance bars.
    
Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi said the government had failed to do its "homework" in court which led to Tuesday's ruling.
    
Terming the Supreme Court ruling as "unfortunate", state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis said, "Maharashtra government remained careless on the issue."

(Agencies)

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