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Delhi HC notice on loud-speakers in mosques

New Delhi: Delhi High Court Bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R. Sahai Enlaw, in response to a PIL filed by petitioners Messrs Shashikant Bahl and Dr. Amit Kumar, issued notice to Delhi government (Lt. Governor) and Police Commissioner to explain whether there is any law to control noise pollution. The petitioners in their PIL had sought a complete ban on the use of unlicensed loud speakers in shrines and mosques which affect the health of people through noise pollution. They had stated that loud speakers were operated at a very high volume early in the morning at around 4 am and continued till late night and demanded that the authorities should be directed to ensure complete ban on use of unlicensed loud speakers in Delhi. The petitioners had also alleged that Delhi government had failed to implement the relevant law, standing orders and circulars, resulting in high level of noise pollution. Hence, they said, accountability should be fixed on the concerned officers vested with the powers to maintain ambient air quality and noise level in Delhi. The court notice also asked the concerned authorities to file their replies by or before 13 May.
Though this case is about one month old, the use of loud speakers in mosques is still going on.

 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2015 on page no. 15

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