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Installation of loudspeakers in mosques is “not a fundamental right”, says Allahabad HC

6/05/2022 at 4:59 PM

Allahabad, May 6: Installation of loudspeakers in mosques is “not a fundamental right”, the Allahabad High Court said on Friday.

“The installation of loudspeakers in mosques is not a fundamental right”, the court said dismissing a petition seeking the installation of loudspeakers inside mosques.

The order was passed by a division bench of Justice Vivek Kumar Birla and Justice Vikas.

 “The law says that it is not a constitutional right to use loudspeakers in mosques”, the high court bench said in response to a petition filed by a man named Irfan, challenging the order filed by Bisauli Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Badaun district on December 3, 2021. The order stated that the loudspeaker cannot be installed inside the Noori Masjid for azaan.

The petitioner had filed a plea against the order issued by the SDM saying that this rule was “illegal” and was violating the legal and fundamental rights of the people.

Recently, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the sound from the loudspeaker installed inside a religious place should not be heard outside the premises. The UP government has also removed several loudspeakers from religious places for violating certain rules.

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