What law allows permanent license to use loudspeakers, HC asks government

Court hears claims over different types of noise pollution, including use of loudspeakers by religious institutions

Court hears claims over different types of noise pollution, including use of loudspeakers by religious institutions

The Karnataka High Court on Friday ordered the state government to clarify under which provision of the law permanent licenses/permissions have been granted to religious institutions and places of worship for the use of loudspeakers in perpetuity .

A divisional bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Ashok S. Kinagi issued the instructions after it was brought to court that the government had issued permanent licenses to religious institutions even though it n There is no such provision in the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.

Kinds of pollution

The bench was hearing PIL motions complaining of different types of noise pollution, including the use of loudspeakers by religious institutions, particularly mosques, in violation of the rules.

When a government lawyer told the bench that no permanent license was granted for the use of loudspeakers, lawyer Sridhar Prabhu, representing the petitioners in a PIL petition, said the grant of A permanent license was apparent from the statement of objections filed on behalf of some of the mosques from their filed response to petitions.

At this stage, P. Usman, representing some of the mosques, said they were told to obtain a license from the relevant authorities during the previous round of litigation. And following this, they had applied for a license from the designated authority of the police department, who finally granted them licenses, copies of which were produced in court.

While Mr. Prabhu argued that the law does not provide for the granting of a permanent license for the use of loudspeakers, Mr. Usman argued that the granting of such licenses falls under Rule 5 of the Rules of 2005.

Status report

Following claims and counterclaims on the issue of granting permanent licenses, the chamber ordered the government to clarify the situation while ordering it to submit a report on the status of measures taken to control noise pollution caused by other reasons such as amplification or modification of vehicle mufflers, nightclubs, etc., as ordered in November last year.

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