The Supreme Court’s decision to put a ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR has not gone down well with the traders and they have decided to approach the court to seek modification of the order. The traders claim that the firecracker ban ahead of Diwali is causing them huge losses. Advocate Deepak Chauhan mentioned their plea for urgent hearing before a bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice A M Sapre and Justice Navin Sinha.
The traders told the apex court that their licences were revived in pursuance of the apex court’s order passed in September 12 and they procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali. A bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi, A M Sapre and Navin Sinha assured the counsel for the traders that it would consult the judge concerned, who had passed the order, for placing their interim application for urgent hearing.
On October 9, a three bench judge comprising of Justice A K Sikri, Justice A M Sapre and Justice Ashok Bhushan had reinstated the cracker ban till October 31 expressing their concern over the air quality. The court, while banning the sale of firecrackers till November 1, had also said that its September 12 order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers, would be made effective only from November one. The bench had said, ” Insofar as adverse effects of burning of crackers during Diwali are concerned, those have been witnessed year after year. The air quality deteriorates and the city chokes. It leads to closing of schools and authorities are compelled to take various measures on emergent basis, when faced with health emergency situation.”