India's Supreme Court refuses to lift ban on firecrackers in Delhi

An aspect that worries the people in the know of the matter is the anti-government sentiments that the ban could create among firecracker traders and consumers. File pic for representation

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"We are pained to hear that some people are trying to give a communal color to our order". This order has been upheld by the court in its entirety but would be effective post Diwali.

The Supreme Court said its order of last November banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR will continue till October 31.

A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi where the matter was mentioned said they would discuss it with Justice AK Sikri who has given the October 9 ruling before listing it. "Ban should be imposed on big firecrackers", Ramdev said as reported by the DNA. "Anyone who knows me knows that I am a very spiritual person in such matters", said Justice A.K. Sikri, who along with two other judges authored the October 9 ban.

In November 2016, the court had completely stopped the trade of fireworks within the National Capital area, which consist of Delhi and close by areas, following an appeal flagging the frightening growth in smog levels after the celebration.

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!"

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

Delhi BJP in its statement had said, "The world over in hundreds of countries people burn crackers on Christmas and the New Year but the way (Green Tribunal) has got Diwali firecrackers banned in the name of pollution is disgusting".

They said their licences were revived in pursuance of the apex court's September order and that they had procured firecrackers for the sale during Diwali.

The apex court in 2005 had also directed that there should be a complete ban on bursting sound-emitting firecrackers between 10 pm and 6 am.

On Wednesday, senior Congress leader Tharoor appeared to be appreciating the SC verdict through a tweet in which he said that Bakr-Id sacrifices hurt only goats, but Diwali firecrackers affect celebrants and non-revellers alike.

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