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May 03, 2017

HC Rejects Petition Against Sonu Nigam’s Tweet, Says It Was Not Meant To Insult Any Religion Or Religious Practices

Punjab and Haryana High Court, Sonu Nigam

The petition was filed by Haryana's Sonepat resident Aas Mohammad in the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking a criminal proceeding against singer Sonu Nigam’s tweets. The petitioner claimed that Nigam’s Tweet violated the Muslim community’s fundamental rights to manage their religious affairs.

However, the court rejected the petition against the singer on the grounds that azaan is an integral part of the Islamic worship and not loudspeakers.

The observation was made by the single-judge bench comprising of justice MMS Bedi, referring to various judgement, the judge termed the petition as a cheap attempt to gain publicity. "A fair interpretation of the words used by respondent no 4 (Nigam) clearly indicates that the word 'gundagardi' in tweet no 4 is not addressed in the context of Azaan but the use of loudspeakers and amplifiers," said the court.

The judge further said that the neither the tweet nor the way it was worded, was meant to insult any religion or religious practices, and no religion prescribes blaring prayers through sound amplifiers.

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