Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

SC bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi NCR ahead of Diwali

SC bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi NCR ahead of Diwali

The apex court has said that people can burst firecrackers which they have purchased before its order banning the sale came into effect.

Justice A.K. Sikri said in a statement, "We are pained to hear that some people are giving the order a communal color".

Chetan said that banning crackers on Diwali was like banning Christmas tree on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid. The apex court dismissed the plea of firecracker traders who had sought relaxation in the October 9 ban order and sought permission to sell crackers for at least a day or two before Diwali on October 19.

On Monday, the apex court has ruled that there will be no sale of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region during Diwali, as it restored a November 2016 order banning the sale and stocking of firecrackers there.

The traders told the court that their licences were revived in pursuance of the court's September 12 order and they procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali.

It is reported that every year on Diwali occasion, the festival leaves people with the thick cloud of smog which makes people hard to breathe.

The apex court had recently banned the sale of crackers in Delhi-NCR till November 1, dealing a body blow to the traders and businessmen dealing in them.

Last month, the court provisionally suspended the interdict and allowed the sale of fire crackers, saying that a complete ban would be considered as an "extreme step", and a "graded advancement" was required to deal with pollution. "Do not politicise or give a communal angle to the ban", the court said.

To this, the Bench said "very frankly" it doubted whether the suspension of sales has dampened Diwali celebrations.

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