This paper presents an overview of the estimation of noise, techniques for noise removal in Single Look Complex (SLC) as well as hybrid polarimetry decomposed images and the effects of noise removal in SAR images, using RISAT-1 data. Thermal noise affects the signal to noise ratio as well as radiometry of the SAR images. Different approaches adopted for estimating the thermal noise using onboard noise measurements and from the noise equivalent area of the images like calm reservoirs, lakes, etc., for RISAT-1 SAR are discussed. Subsequent to noise removal, its effect on minimum detectable noise and SNR of the images is addressed. Traditional noise removal methods affect the phase of the data, which in turn affect advanced SAR applications. A brief overview of the hybrid polarimetry configuration of RISAT-1 SAR, one of the emerging trends in polarimetry domain, is given and the effect of using noise removed single look complex (SLC) images for polarimetry decomposition is brought out. Thereby, a new technique for thermal noise removal in polarimetry decomposed data is presented.