The petition was filed last year by local resident Veena Gurudutt and 12 others. The residents contended that the functioning of the restaurant in the area will cause nuisance to the residents and to the students of the nearby NMKRV college. Further, they claimed that the restaurant would operate till 1 am, causing public nuisance and the BBMP had not provided adequate parking facilities in the area.
Taking the matter into cognizance, The court had last year granted an interim stay on the licence granted by the BBMP.
Empire Hotel, in its objections stated that the area was a commercial zone and a bank had also operated from the same premises for over 20 years. Further, the area is marked as commercial zone in the 1995 CDP and 2015 Master Plan, which clearly allowed commercial activities in the area.
The division bench which was headed by the chief justice decided on the matter and has ruled that there was no merit in the said petition and the restaurant can come up on the premises.