Supreme Court refuses to modify order on cracker sales in Delhi

Supreme Court refuses to modify order on cracker sales in Delhi

The court passed this order, reimposing its earlier order of 11 November 2016, suspending the sale of firecrackers so as to test the suspension order and ascertain its positive effect on the air quality of the NCR region, particularly during the Diwali period.

"We are pained at communal remarks on the verdict".

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.

In a bid to reduce the toxic levels of pollution in the Delhi NCR region, the Supreme Court had banned the sale of firecrackers until November 1, thereby bypassing Diwali on October 19 which is when the sale and use of firecrackers peaks.

Lawyer Deepak Chauhan, representing trader Rajesh Kalia and several others, said that a huge amount of money has been invested by them after their licences were revived and the recent order of the apex court would cause huge losses to them. "It is sad", the top court said while hearing the petition of traders to modify the order today.

The ban will remain in place till November 1.

However, those who had already bought firecrackers can still burst them during the Hindu festival of lights celebrated mostly across northern India.

The court directed the Delhi Police to implement its order banning the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR. "After Diwali we will take stock of the situation", the court said.

At the outset, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the firecracker traders, suggested to the bench that the sale of crackers should be allowed at least a day or two before Diwali.

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