Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday passed an order of injunction restraining organisers and individuals from organising or holding religious activities and playing music and devotional songs on loudspeakers in parks and playgrounds in Bangalore.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran and Justice V.G. Sabhahit passed the order on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition by the former MP and former Commissioner of Police, Bangalore, P. Kodandaramaiah and B.S. Kumaraswamy of Bangalore.

The petitioners said several Hindu organisations were misusing parks and playgrounds and playing devotional songs. They said there was no check on the use of loudspeakers and when devotional songs are played loudly, they disturbed the residents and also created an unhealthy atmosphere.


The Bench ordered issue of notices to the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) and Bangalore police and admitted the petition.

It also passed an order of injunction against the playing of devotional music through loudspeakers in parks and playgrounds.