No loudspeakers between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in religious places, pubs, restaurants: Karnataka HC
The Karnataka High Court has ordered the state government to strictly enforce a ban on the use of loudspeakers between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., including in religious places, pubs and restaurants.
A divisional bench of Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Ashok S Kinagi ordered authorities to also wage a campaign to end the misuse of loudspeakers, PA systems and musical instruments and submit a report on the measures taken to the Court within three weeks. .
“Relevant authorities are required to take appropriate measures and they must not allow the use of loudspeakers, public address systems and other musical instruments that produce sounds higher than the authorized decibels from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. declared the Court.
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During the previous hearing of this motion, the Court was told that authorities had illegally granted “permanent permission” to certain religious establishments and places for the use of loudspeakers.
However, government counsel argued in court that under the Noise Pollution Rules and Policing (Regulation and Control) Act, no such license was granted. The Court recorded this statement and ordered the authorities to conduct a campaign and submit the report.
The hearing of the motion was adjourned for three weeks. The petition was filed by Rakesh P in 2021. “We have been informed that loudspeakers are being used in various religious places such as mosques, temples including the government controlled temple, Gurdwaras, and others places such as pubs and restaurants,” the Court said.