Licences are issued under Rule 5(1) of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000, read with Section 37 of the Karnataka Police Act 1963.
Demanding that the government implement the SC order and remove unauthorised loudspeakers, Sriram Sene members played devotional songs at temples in Hubballi-Dharwad and other places.
The Jama Masjid Trust has written to the police saying it has no objection to the prayers relayed through loudspeakers at the Shirdi temple.
As per statistics available with the Mumbai Police, only 1 per cent of the temples in the metropolis have obtained permission to use loudspeakers in their premises.
Reacting to the demand, AAP said that while in principle it agrees with the concept of repealing loudspeakers from every religious institution and centres of faith alike.
In an open letter, Raj Thackeray asked people to lodge complaint with the police by dialling 100 if they are disturbed by the sound of 'azaan'.
Amid the row triggered by MNS chief Raj Thackeray, 803 of the 1,144 mosques in Mumbai have obtained police permission to use loudspeakers.
Take action on loudspeakers at religious places on lines of Uttar Pradesh government: BJP MP to Delhi LG
Nearly 54,000 unauthorised loudspeakers were removed from religious places and the volume of over 60,000 was set to permissible limits across Uttar Pradesh following a government order.
Mosque loudspeakers: Onus on Maharashtra government, police now, says AIMIM MP on Raj Thackeray's aggressive language
Imitiaz Jaleel said the Maharashtra government and the police must take full cognizance of the aggressive language and tone used by MNS chief Raj Thackeray.
Raj Thackeray said that from May 4, all Hindus should play Hanuman Chalisa at double the volume of loudspeakers atop the mosques.
Notably, the state's law enforcement authorities have removed around 11,000 illegal loudspeakers from places of worship.
DGP Prashant Kumar said loudspeakers are being removed from all religious places without any discrimination.
He made the comments against the backdrop of a strong pitch made by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the opposition BJP over removing high-decibel loudspeakers installed in mosques.
Meanwhile, all mosques in Hubballi are following the sound limit norms during azaan. Most mosques have also installed sound control units.
The state police chief has asked police heads of all districts to ensure religious institutions or any other places of worship strictly adhere to the directions of the Karnataka High Court.
This will backfire on the BJP in the coming days. It is unfortunate that anti-social elements are disturbing peace and creating tension in our State,” opposition leader Siddaramaiah said.
Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister K S Eshwarappa, who is known for making sensational comments, on Monday surprised everyone by singing a tune of communal harmony.
A Muslim MNS functionary from Pune said he had quit the party after its chief Raj Thackeray spoke of countering the azaan from loudspeakers atop mosques with Hanuman Chalisa.