Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

SC refuses to modify cracker ban order in Delhi-NCR

SC refuses to modify cracker ban order in Delhi-NCR

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.

A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said that the 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.

"In September's order, the apex court had modified its order and allowed limited sale of firecrackers" firecrackers but banned import from other states.

It had said that the 11 November previous year order, suspending all licences which "permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR", was passed by the court keeping in view the situation that had arisen after last Diwali. This year, Diwali falls on October 19.

As reported by NDTV, the apex court said that it was "pained and sad" that a communal colour was being given to the order.


The top court had recently imposed the ban on fireworks until November 1, saying it wanted to test if it would make a difference to Delhi's air quality, ranked among the worst in the world.

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.

Disagreeing with the SC's ban on crackers sale, renowned author Chetan Bhagat had asked on Monday why such bans are only against Hindu festivals.

It also refused to restrict people from bursting crackers on Diwali.

Last Diwali celebration, the contamination in Delhi was said to be very hazardous and the worst as compared to the last decade.

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