Hanuman Chalisa, Suprabhat Played in K’taka Temples; CM Orders Officials to Implement SC Orders

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The State government on Monday directed strict implementation of the Supreme Court orders regarding the use of loudspeakers in mosques. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa instructed officials to see that there was no violation of noise pollution norms during prayers at religious places. The directive came at a meeting called by Yeddyurappa when Muslim leaders met him over the issue of alleged unauthorised use of loudspeakers in mosques in many places in the state.

In a bid to check alleged unauthorised use of loudspeakers, the Karnataka government on Monday directed strict implementation of the Supreme Court orders regarding their use.

The Supreme Court orders regarding the use of loudspeakers as well as the provisions of the Karnataka Police Act were being implemented strictly, Bommai told reporters. “I have asked for a report from police on whom-from mosques or others-the orders were being violated.”

The Supreme Court had ordered that loudspeakers should not be used in mosques between 11 pm and 6 am through an order last month. Despite this, some people continued to violate the order by using them as usual, Bommai said. The issue was raised by some Congress MLAs in the Assembly on Monday who demanded stern action against those violating the SC orders.

The Supreme Court in its order dated October 18, 2007 had directed that the use of loudspeakers should be strictly monitored. Blaring of loudspeakers in mosques thus, cannot be permitted unless there is a written permission issued by the competent authority. Also, the silence period between 10 pm and 6 am must be properly enforced by all concerned officials to ensure peace and tranquility.

A section of the media in Karnataka, by quoting from the Supreme Court (on Rule 59 B) and ignoring the facts, has created an impression that loudspeakers are being used without obtaining permission and without complying with existing rules. In fact, there are no written rules as yet as regards use or installation in any manner of loudspeakers or sound amplifiers by any religious institutions or organisations.

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