Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Mumbai dance bars to file a written undertaking by Wednesday stating they will not employ anyone with a criminal background.

Lawyers, on behalf of the dance bars, presented pleas and arguments before the court.

Earlier, there were charges of obscenity slapped against the employees of the dance bars which the court said was a reason for non-issuance of licences.

However the court said that the charges need to be investigated. The bars which do not have any charges against their employees will be given the operating licences by May 12.

Many stakeholders say that this is yet another attempt to make it harder for such bars to obtain these licences, keeping in tune with the state government’s policy of a an eventual ban on such establishments.