Bengaluru: The High Court of Karnataka on Friday expressed hope that the State and its police would deal with an iron hand to prevent repetition of incidents like groping as reported in the city in the past during New Year celebration.
A Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice H.G. Ramesh and Justice P.S. Dinesh Kumar made these observations orally while disposing a public interest litigation petition which had sought direction to the State to ban sale of liquor on December 31, 2017 and January 1, 2018 to prevent such untoward incidents. The Bench took on record an affidavit filed by the Bengaluru city Police Commissioner.
Earlier, government counsel said the government cannot ban sale of liquor but submitted an affidavit filed by the Police Commissioner elaborating measures to be initiated to prevent incidents of molestation and other untoward incidents during celebration of New Year at M.G. Road and Brigade Road junction and other locations across the city.