Loudspeaker for azaan “not a fundamental right”, Allahabad HC

Loudspeaker for azaan "not a fundamental right", Allahabad HC
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The Allahabad High Court on Friday said that the use of a loudspeaker from a mosque is not a fundamental right.

The state high court passed the observation dismissing a petition. It was filed by a man from Budaun; he sought permission to play a loudspeaker from a mosque during azan at a village in the district.

The court said the petition was “patently misconceived.” “The law has now been settled that use of a loudspeaker from mosque is not a fundamental right. Even otherwise, a cogent reason has been assigned in the impugned order,” said a Division Dench of Justices Vivek Kumar and Vikas Budhwar on May 4.

Irfan from Budaun district had filed a petition. He had urged that the court quashes the rejection order dated December 3, 2021, by SDM, Bisauli tehsil.

It had denied permission to use a loudspeaker from Noori Masjid at the time of azan.

The petitioner argued that SDM’s order was wholly illegal; it violates the fundamental and legal rights of the petitioner to run a loudspeaker from the mosque.

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