‘Sports’ happening under the guise of green crackers, SC said – If the ban is imposed, then how are they being sold in the market?

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New Delhi
The sound of firecrackers along with lights is heard throughout the night on the festival of Diwali. For a day or two, in some areas, crackers are burst for a week, but when pollution increased in the cities, it was decided to impose restrictions on it. If exemption was given for green crackers, now sports are being played in it too. Yes, the Supreme Court on Wednesday clearly said that under the guise of green crackers, firecracker manufacturers are using banned substances.

Court is not against celebrating the festival…
The Supreme Court reiterated that its earlier order banning firecrackers should be followed by every state. A bench of Justices MR Shah and AS Bopanna said the apex court was not against the celebration but not at the cost of the lives of other citizens. The bench said that celebration does not mean the use of loud firecrackers, it can be accompanied by ‘phuljhari’ and also with firecrackers that do not make noise. The SC said, ‘Our previous order should be followed by every state. Despite the fact that there is a specific ban on joint firecrackers, if you go to any state or city or any festival, joint firecrackers are openly available in the market.’

If there is a ban then how are you getting it in the markets?
The bench said, ‘Our order should be followed. The question is not about using one material instead of another. It is being sold openly in the market and people are using it. We want to know if there are restrictions then how are they available in the markets?’ As the hearing began, senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, appearing for petitioner Arjun Gopal, submitted that he has filed an additional affidavit on the basis of the CBI report and what has come to light is indeed very disturbing. Senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for the Manufacturers Association of Firecrackers, argued that the industry should work as per the protocol issued by the government. Dave said, “It is an organized industry. About five lakh families are dependent on us. As far as Sivakasi is concerned, we are taking all precautions. The top court said that the main difficulty lies in the implementation of its orders. Senior advocate Rajiv Dutta said that if one or two manufacturers are violating the orders, then the entire industry should not suffer because of this. The top court asked the parties to give to each other the copies of counter affidavits filed in response to the CBI report and fixed the matter for hearing on October 26.

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[Attribution to NBT]

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