Bombay High Court asks police to not give permission to use loudspeakers during Mahim Urs Two months ago, the Bombay High Court had issued contempt notices to Mahim police station officers for allowing the use of loudspeakers during the Mahim Dargah's annual Urs.
Mumbai, June 13, 2017 | UPDATED 20:55 IST
Bombay High Court.Shilvan Dhavale, Assistant Commissioner of Police in Mahim and Milind Idekar, senior inspector of Mahim Police Station today tendered an unconditional apology for giving permission to use loudspeakers at Mahim dargah during the Urs. Senior advocate Rafiq Dada appearing before the Bombay High Court in the case said that the officers had recently joined the police station and that "the ACP had joined only two-three months ago."
Two months ago, the Bombay High Court had issued contempt notices to Mahim police station officers for allowing the use of loudspeakers within the police station compound during the Mahim Dargah's annual Urs festivities.
Mahim Dargah is located near the police station and the Urs procession begins right from inside the police compound. There were loudspeakers put up across Mahim and inside the police station as well, for the festival. The permission for the usage of loudspeakers is given by police for the festival and Awaaz Foundation had measured the decible levels that went beyond permissible levels in a residential area.
The court was irked by the fact that law enforcers themselves were violating the laws so blatantly.
The division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Vibha Kankanwadi accepted the apology from the police officers. However, the court refused to immediately dismiss the contempt petition against them. "Unless we have an assurance from the Maharashtra government we will have to keep the contempt petition against the officers," said Justice Oka. The lawyer for petitioner Awaaz Foundation too supported this saying that they do not want to disrupt anyone's career.
An advocate representing the Maharashtra government told the court that subsequently the state government did issue a circular asking the police station oficers not to issue permission for use of loudspeakers for the festival.
The court went through the cicular and said, "You have tried to be as vague as possible in this circular. What is the dificulty in saying that henceforth the permission shouild not be granted?"
The court will further hear the case in few weeks from now.
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