A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi asked the Registrar, with whom the Cine Costume Make Up Artists and Hair Dressers Association (CCMUAHA) is registered, to seek an explanation from the association as to why it has been charging Rs one lakh for according membership. "We direct the Respondent no. 5 (CCMUAHA) to file its explanation with the Respondent no. 4 (Registrar) within four weeks," it said.

On being pointed out that the CCMUAHA was charging a hefty sum for enrolling women as Make Up Artist and Hair Dresser, it said, "We have already delivered the judgement...it (CCMUAHA) is acting like the self-appointed moral police."

The CCMUAHA, which was earlier pulled up for not granting its membership to women and asked to grant the same to them, today informed the court that petitioner Charu Khurana has so far not approached it to collect its membership card after furnishing the requisite bond.

Earlier, the Make-Up artists' association CCMUAHA had told the court that it would issue 'magnetic' identity cards to women, who have been granted membership of the association, in pursuance of a court order, in two months.

Prior to this, the Apex Court had slammed the make-up artists body for not enrolling women despite its order observing whether the body feels it 'rules some kind of empire and would not allow anyone to enter'. The court last November put an end to a 59-year-old practice in Bollywood that puts restrictions on women artists from pursuing the profession in the film industry, saying such 'shocking' discrimination on the basis of gender is violative of constitutional values.

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