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Noise Pollution complaint in Delhi

This article guides the reader on how to complain about Noise Pollution in Delhi.

  • Chronic Noise Pollution (Industrial Noise)
    Complain to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee:
  • Noise from processions, festivals and private establishments
    Call Delhi Police on 100

    Ask for a complaint number. You can use this Complaint Number to follow up by SMS or call. You do not need to give your name or identity. 

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Noise Pollution complaint in Bangalore

This article guides the reader on how to complain about Noise Pollution in Bangalore.

  • Chronic Noise Pollution (Industrial Noise)
    Complain to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board:
    Call the Help Desk: 080-25589114
    Send an SMS Complaint to: 9449049049Email photographs of the location or offenders to:
    Member Secretary:
  • Noise from processions, festivals and private establishments
    Call Bangalore Police on 100 or 103Ask for a complaint number. You can use this Complaint Number to follow up by SMS or call. You do not need to give your name or identity. 

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Temporary suspension of advocate’s practice in Maharashtra

This article explains how an advocate may temporarily suspend his/her Sanad or Certificate of Practice, when taking up any alternate occupation or employment.

As per The Bar Council of India Rules made under the Advocate Act 1961:

Section VII-Restriction on other Employments
47. An advocate shall not personally engage in any business; but he may be a sleeping partner in a firm doing business provided that in
the opinion of the appropriate State Bar Council, the nature of the business is not inconsistent with the dignity of the profession.
48. An advocate may be Director or Chairman of the Board of Directors of a Company with or without any ordinarily sitting fee,  provided none of his duties are of an executive character. An advocate shall not be a Managing Director or a Secretary of any  Company.

49. An advocate shall not be a full-time salaried employee of any  person, government, firm, corporation or concern, so long as he  continues to practise, and shall, on taking up any such employment,  intimate the fact to the Bar Council on whose roll his name appears and shall thereupon cease to practise as an advocate so long as he continues in such employment.

50. An advocate who has inherited, or succeeded by survivorship to a family business may continue it, but may not personally participate
in the management thereof. He may continue to hold a share with others in any business which has decended to him by survivorship or
inheritance or by will, provided he does not personally participate in the management thereof.

51. An advocate may review Parliamentary Bills for a remuneration, edit legal text books at a salary, do press-vetting for newspapers,
coach pupils for legal examination, set and examine question papers; and subject to the rules against advertising and full-time
employment, engage in broadcasting, journalism, lecturing and teaching subjects, both legal and non-legal.

Hence, if an Advocate takes up any other such business or profession, he must inform the Bar Council and get his name transferred to the list of Non-Practicing Advocates.

Procedure to suspend Advocate’s Practice under Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa:

  • Write a simple application
    Mention your Full Name, Enrollment Number, request for temporary suspension of practice and Transfer of your name to the rolls of Non-Practicing Advocates.
  • Attach a DD or pay cash of Rs. 300/- as Administrative Fees.
    If you want a Certificate confirming your name on the list of Non-Practicing Advocates (for Profession Tax purposes, or occupation purposes) , you need to pay Rs. 300 + 700 = Rs. 1000 by Cash or DD.
  • If suspending practice temporarily, you do not need to surrender your Advocate’s ID Card or your Certificate of Practice.
  • Within 3 – 8 days, you can collect your Non-Practicing Certificate from the Bar Council Office on showing the Receipt.

Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Ordinance

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Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Ordinance

Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Ordinance

Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Ordinance (Maharashtra Ordinance XIV of 2013)

Published in the Maharashtra Ordinary Gazette on 26-August-2013.

What is the status of this law? When did this law come into effect?

The Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices Bill, 2011 (L. A. Bill No. XLI of 2011), was introduced in the Legislative Assembly, in the Monsoon Session of the State Legislature, 2011, on the 10th August 2011. This law came into effect on 26-Aug-2013 upon publication into the Official Gazette of Maharashtra.

Why should we have a new law? Were the existing Criminal Laws not enough?

Not really. Religion has such an elevated status in India and in most parts of the world, that even clearly illegal, unethcial or immoral acts done in the name of religion were ignored or  even encouraged. (Eg: Noise Pollution, Air Pollution, Water Pollution, Cruelty to Animals etc.  etc.)

Till date, newspapers contain numerous ads, which assure a cure for anything and everything, through Black Magic and similar practices. Trains are filled with advertisements on Black Magic Healers who can fix anything, from a broken marriage to a troublesome employee, to a film star or a politicians career.

The laws of the country are so fragile, that they cannot always stand up to acts done in the name of religion. To make people think, a strong law needs to be implemented.

While all the penalties exist, the police and other authorities are too cautious to tread on the “religious” line, lest they be targeted for “hurting religious sentiments”.


What are the penalties under this law?

  • The Offences punishable under this Act shall be cognizable and non-bailable.
  • imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to seven years and
  • a fine which shall not be less than five thousand rupees but which may extend to fifty thousand rupees

In addition to the above penalties, when any person is finally convicted of any offence punishable under this Ordinance, the Court may cause the name and place of residence of such person to be published by the police in the local newspaper where the offence had taken place, together with the fact that such offender had been convicted of the offence under this Ordinance and such other particulars as the Court may deem fit and appropriate, to be allowed to be published.

What does Aghori mean?

The term Aghori is not defined in this Ordinance. Hence, the common contemporary meaning is to be followed. As per Wikipedia ( Aghoris are Ascetic Sadhus who perform some extreme rituals which are no longer morally accepted in modern society. Aghori practices are followed by many persons in India.

The ordinance refers to acts done under the guise of Aghori Traditions.

I have heard that this law seems to be targeted against Hindus. Will it impact only Hinduism?

Ofcourse not. This rumour is being spread by persons with ulterior motives in all these practices. These practices are big money spinners and prevention of these practices will stop the flow of money to these con men.

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” -Upton Sinclair

Blind Faith and superstition is promoted in the name of almost every religion. Exorcism, fake remedies, charms, bracelets etc. have been practiced in the name of every God and every religion.

The faithful of all and any religion resort to these options as a last resort, making them most vulnerable and agreeable to do anything to achieve their wish. The victims do not look at religion or faith when being subject to these con men/con women. The con men maybe of any religion, social background or philosophy, but will still attract people from all faiths, beliefs and religions.

In the beginning it was said that this Law would apply to all the religions. Why was this sentence removed?

Application of this Act to all religions, would not necessarily cover the actions done under the general guise of black magic and jaadu tona, without a religious banner. By excluding “all religions” the Act applies universally to all acts done in the name of religion or even excluding the name of a particular religion / God / Belief System. This includes practices done by Atheists (not that atheists practice anything)  / Devil Worshippers etc.

Many people are saying that the second point in the Schedule is unclear?

(2) Display of so-called miracles by a person and thereby earning money;
and to deceive, defraud and terroríze people by propagation and circulation
of so called miracles.

“So-called miracles” means acts which the black magic practitioner claims to be by a superior  / super-natural force of which he has knowledge or control. Such acts may make it difficult for a common man to explain or justify, but are well known to science and technology.

Eg: In villages, the Black Magicians produce smoke from an ordinary coconut, or produce a blood-like substance from a whole lemon to show the people that they have magical powers to perform miracles. These “so-called” miracles are easily explained by science, with a little knowledge of chemistry.

Other common examples are:

  • Walking on glass
  • Sleeping on a bed of nails
  • Enduring whip lashes

For more examples:


Bare Act:


Common Superstitions and Practices that this law sought to fight:

  1. to perform Karni, Bhanamati,
  2. to perform magical rites in the name of supernatural power,
  3. to offer ash, talisman, charms etc. for the purpose of exorcism and to drive out evil spirits or ghosts,
  4. to claim possession of supernatural powers and to advertise this claim,
  5. to defame, disgrace the names of erstwhile Saints/ Gods, by claiming to be there reincarnation and thus cheating the gullible and God-fearing simple folks.
  6. to claim to be possessed by divine power or evil power and then perform miracles in the name of such powers.
  7. to punish and to beat mentally ill patients in the belief that they are possessed by evil spirits.
  8. to perform Aghori rites.
  9. to perform so called black magic and spread fear in society.
  10. to perform “Gopal Santan Vidhi” to beget a male offspring.
  11. to oppose scientific medical treatment and to coerce to adopt Aghori treatment.
  12. to sell or deal in so-called magic stones, talisman, bracelets, charms.
  13. to become possessed by supernatural powers and then pretend to give answers to any questions in this mental state.
  14. to sacrifice innocent animals for the appeasement of gods or spirits.
  15. to dispense magical remedies for curing rabies and snake bites.
  16. to dispense medical remedies with claims of assured fertility.

Due to difficulty in clearly defining some of these acts and distinguishing them from legitimate religious practices, the Schedule was watered down to 12 such acts, which could be clearly defined.

Related Case Laws:

  • K P Hafsath Beevi, Farbina’s Mahal v.  State of Kerala
    decided on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. High Court of Kerala, WP(C).No. 29082 of 2008
    The petitioner challenged the directions issued by the authorities to desist from holding out any offer to cure illness by conducting prayers.The judges ruled that:

…..the State and its officers are entitled to reasonably restrict such activity if it tends to offend security, public orders, decency, morality and sovereignty and integrity of India. This includes reasonable restrictions on the basis of public health and public tranquility; such restrictions being imposable in the interest of the general public……Article 51 A(h) provides that it shall be the duty of every citizen of India to develop a scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of enquiry and reform.

Balancing the duties of the petitioner in this regard and her fundamental rights referable to Part III of the Constitution, it has necessarily to he held that the impugned orders, to the extent they require the petitioner to desist from offering cures for illness on the basis of prayers, is a reasonable restriction imposed on grounds of public health, morality etc., particularly when she has no authentic scientific certification in support of any claim of such ability to cure.

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Tree cutting, trimming and pruning laws in Mumbai

This article provides information on the laws for Cutting, Pruning, Trimming, removing of trees in Mumbai and how to prevent illegal cutting of trees.

Which law governs tree cutting and pruning in Mumbai?

Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act

s 383. Removal and trimming of trees, shrubs and hedges.

(1) If, in the opinion of the Commissioner,—
(a) any hedge is at any time insufficiently cut or trimmed, or over-grown, with prickly-pear or other rank vegetation; or
(b) any tree or shrub has fallen or is likely to fall, to the danger of public safety, or over-hangs or obstructs any street to the inconvenience or danger of passengers therein;
the Commissioner may, by written notice, require the owner or occupier of the land on which such hedge, tree or shrub is or has been growing—
(c) to cut down such hedge to a height not exceeding four feet and to a width, not exceeding three feet, and to remove any such prickly-pear or other rank vegetation therefrom; or
(d) to remove, cut, lop or trim such tree or shrub, as the case may be.

(2) In any case falling under clause (b), the Commissioner may, if for the public safety it shall appear to him necessary so to do, cause any tree or shrub to be removed, cut, lopped or trimmed, without previously giving the said owner ‘or occupier notice as aforesaid, and the expenses thereof shall, nevertheless, be paid by the owner or occupier.

Can the BMC / MCGM cut or prune trees on the premises of a Private Society or Owner?

Not Directly.


The BMC is not responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of trees on private premises.

However, under the BMC Act 1881, they cannot prune trees on private premises, but can survey the premises and order the owners to trim them if:

  • any tree or shrub has fallen or is likely to fall, or
  • is a danger to public safety, or
  • over-hangs or obstructs any street to the inconvenience or danger of passengers

In case of grave danger, the BMC may cut or trim the tree without giving any notice to the owner of the premises and charge the owner, the cost of cutting the trees.

Who can apply for a tree to be cut or pruned?

What is the meaning of pruning or trimming?

How should you apply to cut a tree or the branches of a tree? What is the procedure?

Documents required:

  1. Application form duly filled & signed by the Applicant.
  2. Location Map of the area marked with the tree(s)
  3. Serial No. Of Tree(s) to be Cut.
  4. Photograph(s) of the Tree(s)
  5. Registration Copy if Applied Online.

Where can you complain about a fallen tree in Mumbai?

Dial the MCGM Disaster Management Helpline at 1916 or if it is an imminent danger to public, call the Fire Brigade at 101.