Silent Diwali: SC bans Sale of Crackers in delhi till Nov 1
It will be a silent Diwali this year with the Supreme Court upholding its ban on sale of firecrackers in New Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) till November 1. Diwali falls on October 19.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice AK Sikri had on October 6 reserved its order on a plea seeking restoration of last year’s order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.
The apex court, through its November 1 order last year, had suspended all licences which “permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR”. Later, on September 12, the apex court had temporarily lifted its earlier order and permitted sale of firecrackers.
During the hearing on the plea seeking restoration of last year’s order, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had told the bench that they “support” the application.
Advocate Gopal Shankarnarayanan, appearing for petitioner Arjun Gopal, had contended before the court that ban on use of firecrackers should be restored as the NCR had witnessed a huge rise in air pollution during and after Diwali last year.
SOURCE: (India Today)