SC's Fire Cracker Ban to continue, no relief for traders

New Delhi, Oct 13: In a major shock to the traders in the national capital, Supreme Court refuses to modify its earlier order on sale of firecrackers, ban on sale to continue till further hearing in the case. The Court said, "We will ascertain after Diwali if there has been a difference in pollution levels."

The court observed that the issue should not be given a communal colour.

The Supreme Court was hearing a plea by a group of traders seeking modification of its October 9 order by which the sale of firecrackers was banned in Delhi-national capital region (NCR) till November 1. The traders had mentioned the matter before the apex court for an urgent hearing and said their licences were revived in pursuance of the courts order passed on September 12 and they had procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali. The traders told the top court that a huge amount of money has been invested by them after their licences were revived and the latest order would cause huge loss to them. The interim application would come up for hearing before a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri tomorrow. 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. 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. The court, in its last years direction, had suspended all licenses which permits sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR till further orders. It had said the 2016 order was passed by the court in view of the alarming pollution levels in the Delhi-NCR that had arisen after last Diwali. 

News24Bureau with Agencies