HJS demands strict action again cops not complying court order

Thane, Apr 14 : The Hindu Jagruti Samiti says strict action should be taken against Police who did not comply with the Court order to remove unauthorised loudspeakers. ‘The Mumbai and Maharashtra police did not comply with the Mumbai High Court’s clear order given in 2016 to remove unauthorised loudspeakers from all religious places in Maharashtra on the public interest litigation filed against them by us. Therefore, in the year 2018, we again filed a contempt petition in the Mumbai High Court against that. When asked about unauthorised loudspeakers by the Maharashtra police under the Right to Information Act, only 40% Police responded. The rest of the Police avoided commenting. Out of 40%, 2,904 loudspeakers are unauthorised and 1766 of them are on the mosques and madarasas. More than 900 loudspeakers are in Mumbai. In fact, this number could be thrice. The petition was not heard during the Coronavirus period; however, in order to give justice to the people, the contempt petition should be heard as soon as possible and strict action should be taken against the Police for violating the rules and not following the Court order’, demanded the petitioner Santosh Pachalag from Navi Mumbai. He was speaking in an online special interaction organised by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti on ‘Why does the Court order not apply to the loudspeakers on mosques?’, questioned the HJS in an official release here. Supreme Court Advocate Gaurav Goyal said, “Action should have been taken after the Court order against the unauthorised loudspeakers on the mosque. This has caused the contempt of the Court. The Court should now take action against those authorities under whom no action was taken against unauthorised loudspeakers. The noise from these mosques is causing a lot of noise pollution. It is also affecting all the citizens as well as the students”. Spokesperson of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti Narendra Surve said, “There are many sects like Wahhabi, Sunni, Shia, Salafi among Muslims and they do not go to each other’s mosque. Therefore, when one Ajaan ends, that of other’s starts. Therefore, the non-Muslim people have to listen to the unauthorised and unwelcome Ajaan not five times, but more than 25 times a day. This is an injustice to the majority Hindu comm ty. To say ‘Our God is the best!’ is like hurting the feelings of other religions. Political leaders do not tackle this problem of illegal bells to appease Muslims”. XR JM 2346

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