SC, Delhi HC stand against lifting ban on firecrackers; apex court bats for ‘clean air’ | India News

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday denied BJP leader Manoj Tiwari’s call to seek an emergency hearing on a petition challenging the blanket ban above firecrackers in Delhi before Diwali, due on October 24. Expressed concern about Air quality In the national capital, the top court said there were other ways to celebrate the festival and put off firecrackers.
A bench headed by Justice MR Shah said: “Let people breathe clean air and spend money on sweets instead.”
Shashank supporter Shekhar Jha, representing Tiwari, said that Pollution are also emerging from burning stubble. However, the bench said they would hear the matter later.
Tiwari said the plea was filed to protect the interests of the general public, who are being harassed for celebrating Diwali which is considered one of the most important Hindu festivals.
“Despite this court’s clear order refusing to introduce a comprehensive ban on firecrackers, many respondents have introduced a comprehensive ban on the possession, sale and use of all firecrackers on 2021 and then take enforcement steps against buyers, buyers and users of the same”, the appeal, which made all state governments and union territories the respondents in
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said setting off firecrackers at Diwali in the national capital would result in a jail term of up to six months and a fine of Rs 200. Producing, stockpiling and selling firecrackers in the capital will be punished with a fine of up to said Minister for Rs 5,000 and three years in prison, under Section 9B of the Explosives Act.
The Delhi High Courtearlier on Thursday, refused to issue a petition challenging the Delhi Pollution Control Commission (DPCC) to completely ban the sale and use of all firecrackers.
Justice Yashwant Varma dismissed a lawsuit filed by two merchants seeking to “buy, sell and store only blue cookies” during the holiday season and argued that it was inappropriate for the supreme court to independently examine such a challenge. appropriate when the matter “seems to be attracting the attention of the highest court.
However, the court said that litigants are free to initiate appropriate proceedings under the law to seek resolution of their claims.
“From the document filed, the court noted that the issue of pollution caused by the use of firecrackers during the Diwali period was considered for the first time by the Supreme Court (in a case). The petitioner is still awaiting the council. After that, another written petition takes precedence before the Supreme Court seeks to issue guidance on the permitted sale and burning of firecrackers.
“While this written petition is denied, this order will not prevent the petitioner from initiating such proceedings as may be permitted by law,” it said.
Blue biscuit merchants Shiva Fireworks and Jai Mata Stores approached the supreme court last month against the DPCC’s ban on the sale and use of all firecrackers in the city in the coming months. . They stated in their defense that the “last-minute ban” imposed by the DPCC on September 14 was arbitrary and illegal, and adversely affected their livelihoods.
(with agent input)


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