Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has turned down the request of an association to be allowed to get DJs or even play loud music during the festive season in Maharashtra, said media reports on Friday. In its 18-page order, the court said, “There is no mention in the petition as to what is the output level of the sound systems that the petitioners want to use. We find no averment in the entire petition that the sound produced by such systems is within the permissible limits provided under the schedule to the noise pollution rules.” Also Read - Diego Maradona's Doctor Under Investigation For Involuntary Manslaughter
The petition was filed by Professional Audio and Light Association (PALA) that comprises people who supply DJ and sound systems for functions in Maharashtra. Police has banned the use of DJ and loud music. PALA claimed that the ban has hit their business which did very well in the festive season. Also Read - Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020: Protesting Farmers Offer Prayers At Singhu Border, Check PICTURES Here
“We are not willing to accept the arguments that the ambient noise levels in many cities have exceeded the permissible limit, therefore, DJ systems should be permitted which cause only a marginal increase in the ambient permissible limits. When laws are in place and rules are framed, they must be strictly followed. In this view of the matter, it is not possible to grant blanket protection to the petitioners permitting them to use DJ sound systems without there being any specifications before us. In our view, grant of such interim relief at this stage would amount to allowing the petition finally,” the order of the division bench said. Also Read - China Building Dam on Brahmaputra River, Says Report | What it Means For India
The bench also noted that “just because some other persons violate rules by creating noise pollution, the petitioners cannot contend that they may also be permitted to violate the rules”. One of the arguments put up by the petitioners was that Article 19, 1(g) of the Indian Constitution guarantees freedom to practice any profession or carry out any occupation, trade or business. The court however noted that “obviously such trade or business should be in conformity with law”. The next date of hearing will be after four weeks.