2017 HC order behind UP drive against use of loudspeakers | India News

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LUCKNOW/ MUMBAI: The campaign restricting the use of loudspeakers at religious and public places has attained momentum in UP only this week, but state government records show that the drive was awaiting “effective” execution for over four years now.
According to an order issued by then principal secretary, home, Arvind Kumar on January 4, 2018 (TOI has a copy of it), all district magistrates were asked to form teams and examine whether written permission was taken for the use of loudspeakers at public and religious places, within a week. Officials were also asked to take appropriate action if due permission was not taken by January 20, 2018.
The directions had come following the order of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad HC on December 20, 2017.
The court had questioned the UP government about the steps taken to follow rules and if all loudspeakers installed at religious and public places have been put up after obtaining written permission from the authorities concerned.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday said loudspeakers on mosques were not being removed by the UP government, but the state was only following Supreme Court orders just like the Maharashtra was doing. He also hit out at MNS chief Raj Thackeray‘s ‘Yogi in UP and Bhogis in Maharashtra’ comment.


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