Updated: August 5, 2022 7:36:14 pm
Directing the Delhi Police to ensure compliance of the National Green Tribunal order banning Chinese synthetic manjha, a string used in kites, the Delhi High Court Friday refused to pass any direction for a total ban on kite flying in the national capital.
During the hearing of a petition seeking a complete ban on flying, making and sale of kites and objects used in its making, the division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad was told by the counsel representing Delhi Police that the police from time to time have been issuing orders regarding the ban on Chinese manjha, as a precautionary measure, and raids will be increased this week.
“There is already a ban by the Government of NCT of Delhi and there is already a notification that this Chinese manjha is banned. There are 255 cases from 2017 onwards,” Sanjay Lao, Delhi’s Standing Counsel (Criminal) told the court.
Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma, representing the Centre, said the prayer for complete ban on kite flying may have serious effects. “Flying kites is a festivity in India. It is also connected with religion. You [petitioner] should carefully see your prayer,” said Sharma.
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The court Thursday had asked the Delhi Police to inform it about the steps being taken to stop the availability and selling of Chinese manjha.
Sanser Pal Singh, a lawyer, in the petition had said that he met with an accident in 2006 when a kite string led to an injury in his finger. Several persons and birds have lost their lives or have been injured due to the kite string, said Singh.
More than 10 cases have been filed by police in reference to accidents caused by kite strings since 2016, as per the petition. “In the recent accident caused by kite string, a 30-year-old person namely Sumit Ranga lost his life on 25-07-2022 on Haiderpur flyover, Delhi,” read the plea, adding that Delhi Police last year issued an advisory for prevention of use of metallic-powder coated thread.
The petition argued that complete ban is the only solution as “it is quite impossible to catch the culprit or to fix responsibility when an accident occurs due to kite string”.
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