Supreme Court refuses to relax ban on crackers during Diwali

SC holds firm on Delhi cracker ban says don't communalise

The bench also said that people would burst firecrackers which they have purchased before the October 9 order.

A bench headed by justice A.K. Sikri said that the ban would not be lifted but, as interim relief, allowed the licences of traders to be extended for the time period lost under the ban. This order has been upheld by the court in its entirety but would be effective post Diwali.

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.

Meanwhile, a group of traders on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court, seeking a modification of the October 9 order that banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till November 1.

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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.

Firecrackers ban in Delhi-NCR: The Supreme Court has refused to relax the ban that it imposed on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR area citing spiking air pollution levels. Immediate steps were taken to seal shops trading in crackers in conformity with the court's directive to suspend licenses issued following the September order. Every year, Diwali celebrations leave the atmosphere in Delhi thick with lethal smoke and suspended dust particles, and people are complaining of lung difficulties and breathlessness.

The ban on sale and stocking of firecrackers will be in effect until November 1, 2017.

The apex court in 2005 had also directed that there should be a complete ban on bursting sound-emitting firecrackers between 10 pm and 6 am.

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