Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Firecrackers ban: SC to hear traders' plea today

Firecrackers ban: SC to hear traders' plea today

According to media reports, the traders after the Supreme Court judgement were asking customers to place an order via whatsapp.

The apex 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.

The traders told the apex court that their licences were revived in pursuance of the apex court's order passed on 12 September and they procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali.

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. In November a year ago, the court had stopped the sale of fireworks within the National Capital Region, which includes Delhi and nearby areas, following the alarming rise in pollution levels after Diwali.

Last week when the Supreme Court of India banned the sale of cracker in the Delhi-NCR until November 1, "Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke" actress got trolled for hailing "Delhi Supreme Court".Juhi Chawla wrote on Twitter, "Brilliant move by Delhi supreme Court, firecrackers banned till November 1!"

"Action will be taken against those who try to sell and purchase firecrackers online", Delhi Police PRO was quoted as saying by ANI on ban on firecrackers' sale in Delhi-NCR.

The apex court bench observed that due to the adverse effects of burning of firecrackers, "the air quality deteriorates abysmally and alarmingly and the city chokes thereby".

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.

He also suggested that the court could restrict the time for bursting firecrackers or its sale. To this, the Bench said "very frankly" it doubted whether the suspension of sales has dampened Diwali celebrations.

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