Allahabad High Court discarded a petition seeking permission to use loudspeakers to play Azaan loudspeakers in Badaun’s Mosque. Allahabad High Court observed that the use of loudspeakers in a mosque is not a fundamental right.

A bench of Justice Vivek Kumar Biral and Justices Vikas Budhwas was heard the case. The bench observed that “The law has now been settled that the use of loudspeakers from the mosque is not a fundamental right. Even otherwise a cogent reason has been assigned in the impugned order. Accordingly, we find that the present petition is patently misconceived, hence the same is dismissed,”. The bench further said “Azaan is certainly an essential and integral part of Islam but the use of microphones and loudspeakers is not an essential or integral part,”.

The petition was filed by a man named Irfan, challenged the order issued by Bisauli Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Badaun district on December 3, 2021. The SDM had earlier refused permission to install a loudspeaker at Noori Masjid in Dhoranpur village for azaan.

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