Supreme Court upholds order banning sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR
The Supreme Court has ordered ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR during the upcoming festive season of Diwali. A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri had on 6th October reserved its order on a plea seeking restoration of the apex court’s last year order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.
The top court, through its 11th November order last year, had suspended all licences which permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR.
Later, on 12th September, the apex court had temporarily lifted its earlier order and permitted sale of firecrackers.
During the hearing on the plea seeking restoration of last year’s order, the Central Pollution Control Board had supported the application.
The apex court had last month temporarily lifted its earlier order suspending licences for sale of fire crackers, saying a complete ban would be an extreme step and a graded approach was needed to curb pollution caused by them.