Supreme Court refuses to modify order on cracker sales in Delhi

Supreme Court refuses to modify order on cracker sales in Delhi

"Anyhow, it is not going to be a cracker-free Diwali", the court said.

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 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. "People will burst firecrackers which they have purchased before the order banning its sale", the court said.

It will be a silent Deepavali this year as the Supreme Court is keeping its ban on trade of fire crackers in the capital and the National Capital district till November 1, 2017.

The top court also expressed pain over certain people trying to give its order a political colour, after advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for one of the parties, referred to certain statements made by some political leaders.

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Several traders had approached the court saying that the ban order was unfair to them as they had been issued licences for a limited period of time to sell crackers during Diwali and would incur huge losses due to the ban. The interim application came up for hearing before a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri.

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.

The order of 11 November 2016, suspending licences for sale of firecrackers was operative until the next year but its impact had not been tested during the Diwali period.

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

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