Aggrieved by the Supreme Court order banning sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR ahead of Diwali, a group of traders Wednesday knocked on the court’s door to seek modification of the order, saying it will cause huge losses to them.
Advocate Deepak Chauhan mentioned their plea for urgent hearing before a bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice A M Sapre and Justice Navin Sinha. The counsel submitted that traders had invested huge amounts of money following the SC order of September 12 this year, by which it had revived the licences for sale of firecrackers that had been suspended by an earlier order of the apex court on November 11, 2016.
On October 9, a three-judge bench of the court comprising Justice A K Sikri, Justice A M Sapre and Justice Ashok Bhushan had reinstated the ban till October 31, expressing concerns over air quality. As Justices Sikri and Bhushan, who delivered the October 31 ban, were part of the Constitution Bench hearing the euthanasia case today, the bench before whom it was mentioned told the petitioners’ counsel that it would consult the judges concerned for placing the plea for urgent hearing.
Ordering the ban, the three-judge bench had said, “We are of the view that the order suspending the licences should be given one chance to test itself in order to find out as to whether there would be positive effect of this suspension, particularly during Diwali period.”
“Insofar as adverse effects of burning of crackers during Diwali are concerned, those have been witnessed year after year. The air quality deteriorates and the city chokes. It leads to closing of schools and authorities are compelled to take various measures on emergent basis, when faced with health emergency situation,” the bench had said.
It added that “this very situation had occurred on the very next morning after Diwali in 2016. It resulted in passing the order dated November 11, 2016. This order prevailed during the year but the impact and effect of this order remains to be tested on Diwali days.”