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SLEEP IS CITIZEN’S BASIC RIGHT, SAYS SUPREME COURT AS IT DISALLOWS GRAND MUSICAL EVENT IN SCHOOL VICINITY

sleep2Holding that “sleep” is a basic necessity and biological need of life, the Supreme Court has upheld the Maharashtra government’s decision to deny permission for conduct of music functions or cultural programmes at venues which are within 100 metres of educational institutions and hospitals. A bench of Justices upheld the validity of an order passed by the Maharashtra government denying permission to a leading audio studio in Mumbai, for conducting a music event at an open air auditorium near a school. Interpreting the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 framed by the Central government, the apex court said the legislation empowers the government to regulate the use of loudspeakers, amplifiers and other such instruments within 100 metres of educational institutions, hospitals, religious institutions and even courts. The bench cited a number of earlier judgements of various High Courts and the Supreme Court wherein courts have upheld the validity of restrictions imposed by the authorities on the use of public address systems. Bureau report NMTV

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