Mumbai News: Masjid loudspeaker issue raised again in Mumbai, high court strict if no action on police complaint

Mumbai News: Masjid loudspeaker issue raised again in Mumbai, high court strict if no action on police complaint
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court observed the seriousness of noise pollution and said that there is a need for the police to take concrete steps on the complaints registered related to it. The High Court said this during the hearing of a petition filed regarding noise pollution and violation of rules due to the loudspeaker of Gausia Masjid in Kandivali East. The petition was filed by advocate Reena Richard. Richard has claimed that he had lodged complaints with the Samta Nagar police station on May 8 and 14 regarding the violation of noise pollution norms, but the police have not taken any action on it.

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Earlier, after hearing the petition, a division bench of Justice Revati Mohite Dhere and Justice Sharmila Deshmukh had said that the rules related to noise pollution should be implemented uniformly everywhere. If there is a rule that the use of loud speakers is prohibited between 10 pm and 6 am, then it should be followed.

The court rejected the argument of the public prosecutor

Public prosecutor Prajakta Shinde submitted a report in the court, stating that the building where the petitioner (Richard) lives was constructed in the year 2007, while the mosque was constructed in 1999. On this, the Bench said that it does not matter when the building and the mosque were constructed. If the rules related to noise pollution ban something, then it should be followed.

The bench expressed displeasure after perusing the report submitted by the public prosecutor during the hearing. Now we will call the senior officer to the court. In the petition, Richard has said that where the mosque is, there is a hospital at some distance. That’s why this area comes under the purview of the quiet zone.

‘Loudspeaker rings in mosque near ESIS hospital’

Richard said that there is ESIS hospital in Laxmi Nagar itself. There is a gap of 70 meters between the hospital and the mosque. This area comes in the silence zone. According to rules, loudspeakers cannot be used from 10 pm to 6 am. Despite this, the loudspeaker starts ringing in the mosque from five in the morning.

Hearing of loudspeaker in mosque on May 29

Government pleader Madhavi Mhatre said there was no need for urgent hearing on the petition. Earlier there has been a hearing on this issue. A division bench of Justice Abhay Ahuja and Justice MM Sathe said that two complaints have come to the police. In the next hearing, the police department should present its stand. Realizing the seriousness of noise pollution, the police should be told what action it has taken. The petition will be heard on May 29.

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