SC refuses to relax ban on crackers in NCR, rejects traders

The traders told the Supreme 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

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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.

"We are pained to hear that some people are trying to give a communal color to our order".

On September 12, the apex court had announced that firecrackers would not be banned but the traders could sell only 50 percent of the amount they had sold in the previous year, in an attempt to gradually phase out firecrackers. The court said that those who have firecrackers can burst them till 11 pm.

"We are not going to relax the order as far as sale of firecrackers is concerned", the bench said and directed the Delhi Police to implement the order.

Traders and sellers of firecrackers have opposed the order of the apex court as it hurts their business badly during Diwali celebrations.

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!"

A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said the apex court's September 12 order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers would be effective from November 1.

On Wednesday, traders with temporary licenses approached the apex court seeking a relaxation of the ban on the sale of firecrackers in the national capital and the NCR.

The petition had been filed by a traders' group, which cited the major losses the firecrackers' traders would face as a result of the ban. The bench, however, indicated that it had not put any ban on bursting of crackers.

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