On 11th Feb the Hon’ble Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sanjiv Khanna, dismissed a petition filed by West Bengal BJP challenging order of the State Pollution Control Board banning the use of loudspeakers in the residential areas and near educational institutions.
The court while dismissing the challenge asked “You are challenging an order of 2013?”. He also pointed out “the children are writing their exams around this time”.
The petitioner said it violates the party’s right to garner public support and is an infringement on the right to free speech.
The petitioner said that checking noise pollution especially at the time when exams are to be held in the state appears to be within legitimate purpose however a blanket ban on the use of microphones near residential areas or educational institutions virtually results in a complete ban.
Dr KK Aggarwal
Padma Shri Awardee
President Elect Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)
Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications
President Heart Care Foundation of India
Past National President IMA