Five women and two men taken into custody from a Karaoke entertainment and night club in Mt. Lavinia and produced before Mt. Lavinia Magistrate on Friday (2) were acquitted.
This was the second occasion this year the employees of this establishment (Karaoke club) were produced before Mt. Lavinia Courts and discharged.
Magistrate Ayeshani Jayasena discharging the karaoke employees observed that the female staff go back to their villages, as such work places are unsuitable for females.
Attorney-at-Law Athula Ranagala appearing for the Karaoke establishment in his submissions said the Karaoke club is a revenue paying registered business approved by the Tourist Board and other relevant government institutions. The employees of the Karaoke are being paid both EPF and ETF.
Making further submissions he said that Mt. Lavinia Police are conducting harassment raids resulting in such legal businesses functioning within the framework of the open economy to the brink of closure and resultant loss of employment.
Police conducted the raid under Emergency Regulations on suspicion that the Karaoke is frequented by LTTE who spy on both security personnel and politicians.