A bench of justices Dipak Misra and PC Pant expressed unhappiness that the state was yet to implement its earlier order.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Maharashtra, however, said that any direction of the court will be respected and adhered to. The bench, meanwhile, allowed Vinod Patil, President of RR Patil Foundation, to intervene in the matter. Patil in his plea had claimed that reopening of dance bars would increase crime.
The Maharashtra government had amended the 2005 Bombay Police Act, which was challenged in High Court by Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association. The Bombay High Court on April 12, 2006 had quashed the government's decision and declared the provision unconstitutional, saying it was against Article 19(1)(g) (to practice any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business) of the Constitution.
However, the state government had moved the Apex Court against the High Court's order that same year. On July 16, 2013, the Supreme Court had upheld the Bombay High Court verdict quashing state government's order, saying the ban violated the constitutional right to earn a living.

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