Ahmedabad: There has been a demand in the Gujarat High Court to ban loudspeakers for reciting Azaan in mosques. The High Court, while hearing a public interest litigation in this matter, has sought response from the state government. The court has asked the Bhupendra Patel government of the state to respond by April 12. Petitioner Dharmendra Prajapati had sought withdrawal of the petition citing threats. After this, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice AJ Desai and Justice Biren Vaishnav allowed Bajrang Dal leader Shaktisinh Zala to appear in the PIL on Monday.
Zala’s counsel urged the court to allow him to appear in the trial in absentia of the original petitioner. A PIL has sought a ban on the use of loudspeakers for ‘Azaan’ in mosques in Gujarat. It claimed that they increase noise pollution and violate the fundamental rights of citizens. The petitioner stated that in a mosque in his neighborhood a muezzin (caller for prayers) uses a loudspeaker to recite the azaan five times a day, causing great inconvenience.
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