Indian High court Says: No loudspeakers for Azaan

Allahabad: An Indian court has allowed the recitation of ‘Azaan’ without using loudspeaker in mosques in Uttar Pradesh state during the lockdown.

A two-member bench of Allahabad High Court comprising Justice Shashi Kant Guipta and Justuce Ajit Kumar ruled: “We are of the considered opinion that azan can be recited by muezzin from minarets of the mosques by human voice without using any amplifying device and the administration is directed not to cause hindrance in the same on the pretext of the guidelines to contain the pandemic Covid-19.”

The bench was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by ex-Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Lok Sabha member from Ghazipur Afzal Ansari and others.

Earlier, the azan was prohibited in three districts of Ghazipur, Hathras, and Farrukhabad in India’s Uttar Pradesh state.

The high court revoked the order of the District Magistrates of these districts.