Supreme Court refuses to modify order on cracker sales in Delhi

Supreme Court refuses to modify order on cracker sales in Delhi

"Direct and immediate cause thereof was burning of crackers during Diwali", the court reasoned in its 20-page judgment.

Keeping their modification plea before a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, advocate Deepak Chouhan representing the traders said that the licenses to sell crackers were revived pursuant to Supreme Court's September 12 order permitting sale of firecrackers with restrictions.

The apex court bench observed that due to the adverse effects of burning of firecrackers, "the air quality deteriorates abysmally and alarmingly and the city chokes thereby".

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

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.

Ramdev also launched an attack on senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for supporting court's ban on firecrackers and said, "an intelligent man like Tharoor must not talk like this".

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Days after noted author Chetan Bhagat targeted Supreme Court for putting a ban on the sale of Diwali firecrackers in Delhi NCR, now yoga guru Baba Ramdev has said that the verdict is against Hindu sentiments.

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

Last month, the court provisionally suspended the interdict and allowed the sale of fire crackers, saying that a complete ban would be considered as an "extreme step", and a "graded advancement" was required to deal with pollution.

It also refused to restrict people from bursting crackers on Diwali.

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