The Karnataka High Court on Monday took strong exception to the manner in which the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) dealt with grievances on noise pollution at religious places, stating that the Board acted "like a postman" while handling such complaints. .A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj observed that the Senior Environmental Officer (of the KSPCB) merely forwarded the complaints to the Commissioner of Bangalore City Police and Commissioner of BBMP.“The Noise Pollution rules were framed in furtherance to the Environment Protection Act, 1986. Any violation of the Rules is an offence under section 15 of the 1986 Act. Therefore, it is the duty of the regional officers to set the criminal law in motion by registering complaints. The Senior Environmental Officer has acted like a postman,” the Court noted. .The Court, therefore, directed the Chairman of the KSPCB as well the regional officers to appear before the Court on the next date of hearing..These observations were made by the Court while hearing a plea filed through Advocate BN Jagadeesha seeking action against illegal usage of amplifiers and loudspeakers in religious places in violation of the Noise Pollution Rules, 2000..When the matter was taken up for hearing, the Court was informed that Senior Officer of KSPCB had forwarded the complaints received to the Police and BBMP respectively..This was not taken well by the Court..The CJ Oka led Bench said that the officer ought to have registered a complaint before the Court as he has the power to do so under the provisions of the 1986 Act..As the hearing proceeded, the Court further directed the Police Commissioner to inform the Court on affidavit about the steps taken on the basis of the complaints on noise pollution, forwarded by the Senior Environment Officer. .The Affidavit should be filed by June 15, the Court said. .The matter will be next heard on June 17..We want State Government to issue directions on curbing noise pollution in religious places, applicable to the entire State", the Karnataka High Court had orally opined in February.