A division bench, comprising Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad, before which the PIL moved by advocate S Tamizhventhan came up for hearing, said a movie hall is a private property and the court cannot direct the authorities to consider his representation.
The bench further said there was no Constitutional or statutory rights recognised under the law permitting the common public to carry their own food into a theatre, which is a private property. The petitioner, referred to the exorbitant ticket fee charged by the cinema owners.
Also, he said there was no law prohibiting carrying food and other eatables into the movie halls. The petitioner said prohibiting the entry of even drinking water and food for children into the theatres violates the right to life guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution of India, and added that he had already made a representation to the authorities.