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The Bombay High Court has pulled up the Maharashtra Government for not prosecuting organisers of religious festivals who violated noise pollution rules.

A bench of justices Abhay Oka and A S Gadkari further questioned the Government as to why it had issued fresh licences to the organisers of religious festivals when they had allegedly breached the noise pollution levels in the past.

The court was yesterday hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Dr Mahesh Bedekar alleging breach of noise pollution levels in nearby Thane district.

The State and other respondents argued that the police had filed FIRs in such cases but the court said that action should have been taken against the defaulters under the Environment Protection Act and other relevant laws.noiseResolution to introduce this penal clause in case of violation of noise pollution rules.

Adjourning the matter to November 21, the bench asked the State to file a reply whether such penal condition can be imposed on the organisers who were granted licences to hold festivals in the state.

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Dr B B B Behera

This problem is not specific to maharatra. The concerned polce should be booked for facilitation and dereliction of duty.