The Sunday Leader

Night Clubs Not Registered

Night clubs and casinos in Colombo are not registered and do not possess a valid licence, K. D. Chithrapala, Treasurer of the Colombo Municipal Council told The Sunday Leader. He added that according to the 1975 Night Club Ordinance there is a loophole in the law which allows night clubs and casinos in the country to not be registered and therefore the night clubs in Colombo do not operate legitimately.

Accordingly 20 night clubs in Colombo function illegally and the police have the right to take legal action against them, Chithrapala said.

He added that in order to overcome this gap in the legislation, they have to introduce an additional clause to the existing constitution of the Colombo Municipal Council. The CMC is also expected to have discussions with the Western Provincial Council to introduce a licence for night clubs and casinos once a conclusion is reached. (ISA)

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