Two police officers had allegedly refused to pay a Rs. 15,000 bill for liquor and food they had consumed at a restaurant in Colombo on Monday night and had instead arrested one of the waiters on the pretext that the restaurant did not have a licence to operate during late hours.
According to an employee of Hotel Venus Lanka, a Tourist Board approved restaurant in Kollupitiya, they have a licence to sell liquor until 2.00 am and the incident involving the police officers had taken place around midnight.
Two police officers, including an IP in plainclothes, came to our restaurant at around 10.00 pm and had food and drinks. When we gave them the bill they came up with a story that we had no licence to sell liquor at late hours, and called in the special branch of the Bambalapitiya
police to take our waiter into custody, together with two bottles of liquor, the employee said on the condition of anonymity.
The restaurant authorities said the arrest was made despite their showing a valid licence to the police. The arrested employee was released last afternoon but the bill remained unpaid.
A complaint regarding the incident had been lodged with a Colombo Range DIG, who had promised to inquire into the incident and take action against the errant officers. (ER)