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SC refuses to modify order banning sale of fireworks in Delhi-NCR ahead of Diwali

Traders in the national capital had on Thursday mentioned the matter before the apex court for an urgent hearing and said their licences were revived in pursuance of the court's order passed on September 12 and they had procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2017 5:19 pm
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The Supreme Court on Friday refused to modify its order suspending licence for sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR ahead of Diwali. The interim application came up for hearing before a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri. The bench, however, indicated that it had not put any ban on bursting of crackers.

A section of traders in the national capital had on Thursday mentioned the matter before the apex court for an urgent hearing and said their licences were revived in pursuance of the court’s order passed on September 12 and they had procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali.

The traders told the top court that a huge amount of money has been invested by them after their licences were revived and the latest order would cause huge loss to them.

The Supreme Court, while banning sale of firecrackers till November 1, had said that its September 12 order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers, would be made effective only from November one.

It had said its November 11, 2016 order suspending the licences “should be given one chance to test itself” to see if there would be a positive effect of this, particularly during Diwali.

The court, in its last year’s direction, had suspended all licenses which permits sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR till further orders. It had said the 2016 order was passed by the court in view of the alarming pollution levels in the Delhi-NCR that had arisen after last Diwali.

With PTI inputs

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  1. Shivam Taneja
    Oct 14, 2017 at 12:42 am
    This ban has made it clear that Sikri is a crazy old geyser and needs mental treatment. He does not give a f k about our economy, about people's jobs and that without crackers Diwali is as boring as any night of the year! According to me a modification to this law would have been better. Let the sellers atleast finish their this year's stock. You can reintroduce the ban next year around January so that atleast the shopkeepers don't buy fresh stock, causing them HUGE losses! On a religious level, this ban again hints us that the SC is only taking actions against Hindu festivals. Crackers have been an important part of Diwali and they shouldn't be banned. Introduce new measures such as not allowing people to burst crackers after ten/eleven at night, ban the use of cheap, toxic, heavy metals which are the root cause of the pollution. This decision, taken by ONE person has cost so many people their jobs! Please, it's a request, please modify this ban. You can introduce it next year!!!
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      Vikas Ghildiyal
      Oct 13, 2017 at 11:26 pm
      But what about the colors on Holi? The colors are injurious to health too. The court should also ban the of sweets in open,lest they tempt the Dianetics. And let somone file a pe ion for tie a rakhi on Rakshabandhan. The threads cause pollution too, when they have to be discarded. Ban the Arti,jagrans,bhajan-kirtan afterall they cause so much noise pollution.
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        indian man
        Oct 13, 2017 at 9:18 pm
        Celebrating Diwali without crackers is like watching song without music.
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          Rahul
          Oct 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm
          Perfect example of judicial overreach. Judges who pass contradictory judgements based on their personal whimps and fancies instead of following the law should be black listed and warned. Sikri falls under the crazy judge category.
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            Oct 13, 2017 at 7:46 pm
            Katwaas shouting from loudspeaker daily, 5 times a day, creating noise pollution everywhere. Why not ban it,??
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