Karnataka HC raps Bengaluru Police over use of loudspeakers at religious places
The High Court of Karnataka pulled up the Bengaluru cops for failing to obey its order on the use of loudspeakers at the place of worship. The cops filed a unsatisfactory report before the HC.
Taking objection to police reply in case pertaining to use of loudspeakers at religious places, the Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the Bengaluru Police Commissioner to personally conduct a spot inspection in connection with use of loudspeakers and amplifiers at places of worship and file an affidavit before the court.
The development comes after DCP Santosh Babu representing the City Police Chief in reply to a PIL on noise pollution from amplifiers and loudspeakers had contended that the noise in the city is due to traffic and also use of loudspeakers at religious places at the same time. And said that there is a need to relook into the sound pollution norms.
The cops were asked to check the decibels coming from such sound equipment at religious places.
The Cout took objection to this reply. "Implementing the orders is the duty of the police and instead of taking action on the petition, asking for a review into the sound pollution norms is not correct,” a report attributing the quote to the court stated.
The court also directed the City Police Commissioner to personally conduct spot inspection and file an affidavit before the court.