Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

SLC Reads

Karnataka High Court questions State government over-issuance of permanent license: Mosque Loudspeaker Row

Socio Legal Corp

Last Updated on October 4, 2022 by Administrator

A division bench of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Ashok S Kinagi while hearing the case of Rakesh P v. the State of Karnataka orally asked the state government under what provisions did it issue permanent licenses to a total of 16 mosques in question.

In its previous order dated 16th November 2021, the bench while referring to Rule 5(3) of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 which directs the government to permit the use of loudspeakers or public address systems and the like during night hours (between 10.00 p.m. to 12.00 midnight) on or during any cultural, religious or festive occasion of a limited duration not exceeding fifteen days in all during a calendar year, said “We are not against any individual or anybody. It is your discretion to whom to grant or not grant permission, but it should be in accordance with law.”

The bench asked the petitioners to produce some evidentiary material record as Advocate Shridhar Prabhu on behalf of the petitioner Rakesh P and others stated, “There is a new trend that they (state authorities) are issuing permanent licenses for use of loudspeakers. Moreover, the loudspeakers are not seized as per the Central Pollution Control Board directions nor fines are imposed.”

The government counsel on behalf of respondents (mosques) filed a status report to the court informing that the mosques which played loudspeakers without license have discontinued playing and discarded the speakers.

The court was adjourned to next week as the respondent sought time to prepare a response to the argument held by the petitioners.

Case: Rakesh P. v State of Karnataka

Case No.: Writ Petition No. 4574/2021

Written By

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Related Posts

Inside Court News

Last Updated on June 23, 2024 by News Desk The Kerala High Court Advocates Association(KHCAA) submitted its opinion to the expert committee, headed by...

Inside Court News

Last Updated on June 22, 2024 by News Desk The Bombay High Court recently condemned an Additional Sessions Judge for inappropriately using the word...

Inside Court News

Last Updated on June 21, 2024 by News Desk It was ruled by the Kerala HC that if an employee is sharing messages and...

Inside Court News

Last Updated on June 21, 2024 by News Desk The recent ruling by the Madras High Court clarifies the legal stance regarding property inheritance...