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Plea Seeking A Ban on Mosques From Using Loudspeakers For Azan: Delhi HC Asks Authorities to Submit Report

Karan Tripathi
14 Feb 2020 11:28 AM GMT
Plea Seeking A Ban on Mosques From Using Loudspeakers For Azan: Delhi HC Asks Authorities to Submit Report
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Delhi High Court has directed Delhi Government and Delhi Police to submit status reports in a contempt petition highlighting non-compliance with court's earlier order banning use of loudspeakers by religious places between 10 pm to 6 am.

The present contempt petition is moved by Sanjiv kumar, claiming that almost all the mosques in Delhi are using loudspeakers, in violation of orders passed by both the Supreme Court in 2005, as well as the Delhi High Court in 2019.

The plea has been moved under the logic that if Hindus can give up bursting of the firecrackers on Diwali, Muslims should also refrain from using loudspeakers for the purpose of azan.

The court's direction has been sought to ask Delhi Government to ban the use of loudspeakers for all mosques in Delhi, as the same violates Supreme Court's order prohibiting use of loudspeakers from 10 pm to 6 am.

A similar direction is also sought for the Union Government, asking the Centre to ensure that the State governments are complying with the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.

The Petitioner has asked for a duty to be imposed on the SHO and the District Magistrate of each district, to ensure that none of the mosques in Delhi are using loudspeakers in violation of court orders.

In addition to mosques, the petition also demands SHO/District Magistrate to ensure that even protestors at Shaheen Bagh are not using loudspeakers between 10 pm to 6 am.

Other than asking for protection for himself, the Petitioner has also demanded court's intervention to ensure action against all those persons who are using media to 'propagate rumours' about the court's order on prohibition of loudspeakers.

'Court's order is against the use is loudspeakers, it's not against Azan or Islam', the petition highlights.

The Single Bench of Justice AK Chawla has keep the matter for hearing on May 15

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