Jaipur: Hearing a PIL on harmful radiation from mobile towers in densely populated areas, the Rajasthan High Court on Saturday issued showcause notices to the Centre and the state government in this regard. 

Taking the matter very seriously, the division bench comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice N K Jain, sought reply from the Union Ministry of Telecom and the state government. The court was hearing a PIL filed by former Justice I S Israni. The petitioner drew the attention of the court towards health hazards caused by mobile towers located in the residential colonies.

Israni’s counsel Prateek Kasliwal told the court that “The emission of harmful radiations by mobile towers causes serious threat to the public health especially to the health of pregnant women, old age people and small children. Hence these towers should be closely monitored.”

The PIL also accused mobile companies of not following the established norms for installing these towers.

Pleading before the court to order setting up regulatory body to look into the violation of rules in installing the towers, the litigation sought stern action against the mobile service providers for fixing network towers in the residential colonies and schools.

In his plea, the petitioner has said that inter-ministerial committee had recommended nine formulas to curb the ill-effects of radiation on human health, but none cared to practice them.