30 cases registered against Ganesha Mandal in violation of HC ban

Ganesh Visarjan

Maharashtra, Sep 24: The Maharashtra police on Sunday registered 30 cases against Ganesha Mandal at different police stations for violating the Bombay High Court ban of using DJ, Dolby systems during Ganesh Visarjan celebrations.

Mumbai Police’s Joint Commissioner Shivaji Bodkhe said that this case has been registered against 30 Ganesh Mandals for playing DJs in very loud voice in Visarjan Yatra.

The Maharashtra government had imposed a ban on the use of hi-tech sound-amplifying systems such as DJ and Dolby sound during Ganpati immersion and the coming Navratri festival.

The government’s ban created resentment among some Ganesh Mandals (groups which celebrate the festival in public), but the Bombay High Court upheld it earlier this.

The High Court had refused to provide relief to an association that sought permission to use DJs and loud music in the state this festive season.

Defending the HC ban, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said that Lord Ganesh does not need such hi-tech sound amplifying system.

Speaking to the media after the immersion of Ganesh idol installed at the chief minister’s residence ‘Varsha’ here, Fadnavis said, “Lord Ganesh does not need DJ-Dolby, it has become our need, for our enthusiasm.”

“Traditional musical instruments are more enjoyable. Loud music cause noise pollution. I think the revelry should not be diminished, but we should also think of environment and traditions,” he added.

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