Ramdev opposes SC ban on firecrackers, says 'Hindus being targeted'

Leslie Hanson
October 13, 2017

However, those who had already bought firecrackers can still burst them during the Hindu festival of lights celebrated mostly across northern India.

The interim application would come up for hearing before a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri.

Several traders had approached the court saying that the ban order was unfair to them as they had been issued licences for a limited period of time to sell crackers during Diwali and would incur huge losses due to the ban.

After the Supreme Court on Monday banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) during Diwali this year to check air pollution level, the Delhi police is all set to take action against anyone found selling and purchasing firecrackers online.

The apex court also reiterated that the ban is on sale of firecrackers.

A group of traders on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of the 9 October order by which the sale of firecrackers was banned in Delhi-NCR region till 1 November. The bench, however, indicated that it had not put any ban on bursting of crackers.

Traders and sellers of firecrackers have opposed the order of the apex court as it hurts their business badly during Diwali celebrations. "We have also directed the people not to use fire crackers within the radius of 500 meters from Indane bottling plant situated in Badshahpur and 100 meters away from fuel stations", Singh said.

Later, on September 12, 2017, the apex court had provisionally lifted its former order and permitted trade of firecrackers.

The top court had recently imposed the ban on fireworks until November 1, saying it wanted to test if it would make a difference to Delhi's air quality, ranked among the worst in the world.

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