Published: Wednesday 31 December 1997

Officials of more than 100 Durga Puja and Kali Puja committees have been fined by the Calcutta High Court for the use of microphones making noise exceeding the permissible sound level. The division bench of Justice Bhagabati Prosad Banerjee and Justice S B Ray passed these orders and imposed fines which varied from Rs 1,000 to Rs 7,500. The court also directed the regional director of explosives, Union government, to appear before the court to explain as to why he had given permission to the Associate Fireworks Industries of Chanditala, Hooghly, to manufacture banned fireworks.

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