Bombay HC sustains ban on sound system during Ganpati Visarjan

Bombay High Court set the date of hearing regarding the matter on September 19

Bombay HC sustains ban on sound system during Ganpati Visarjan

While hearing a petition filed to release the ban on sound systems used during Ganpati Visarjan (immersion), Bombay High Court on Friday upheld the ban on the same saying that the problem of noise pollution cannot be ignored.

The Festivals will continue to come. However, we can not ignore the noise pollution during the same,” ordered Bombay HC panel.

As per the Bombay HC order, the devotees are not allowed to use sound systems during the procession for Ganpati Visarjan but are free to carry out their march using traditional instruments.

The petition was filed by Advocate Satish Talekar on behalf of Professional Audio and Lightning Association (PALA) after the police stopped DJs at several places during Ganesh Festival and Navratari.   

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The petition states that even if the DJ music is played at a lower volume, police issue a notice which affects their business. It demands that there should be no prosecution until the matter is resolved through the courts.

The High Court has asked the state government to provide its viewpoint on the issue and announced the next hearing on September 19.

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