According to the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, the Karnataka High Court recently requested an affidavit from sixteen mosques stating whether they would refrain from using loudspeakers or public address systems until they received written authorization.
The divisional bench, which included Chief Justice A S Oka, and Justice Sanjay Gowda, issued the directives. The 32 inhabitants of the Icon condominium launched a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice N Sanjay Gowda issued an order in this regard, which reads as follows:
“The learned counsel representing the tenth to twenty-sixth respondents requests time to determine whether the said respondents will file an affidavit stating that they will not use the loud speaker/public address system without first obtaining written permission in accordance with Rule 5 of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.”
The masjid(s) administration claimed that they had obtained the necessary licences to use loudspeakers when the case was heard on Tuesday. The Bench then stated that masjid management will be required to file an affidavit to the court stating whether they are following the government’s recommendations to avoid sound pollution. The case will be heard on August 28, 2021.