Supreme Court: In Delhi NCR cracker-free Diwali
Supreme Court: In Delhi NCR cracker-free Diwali


The Supreme Court on Friday snubs to modify its October 9 order hang up the sale of firecrackers in Delhi NCR till November 1, 2017.

The court said it knew that "some people are trying to give a communal touch to our order... but we will consider that as people expressing their suffering at our order".

"If someone knows me, I am myself spiritual in this matter. But this is a legal issue," Justice A.K. Sikri, who leads the Bench, acted in response.

The Bench, also consist of of Justice Ashok Bhushan, was hearing firecracker traders hit by October 9 ban.

"Diwali has been celebrated for hundreds of years. Delhi is no exception to the rest of India. There are children who wait for Diwali celebrations," senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the traders, quoted.

Captivatingly, the October 9 order only suspended sale and did not impose any restriction on the bursting of crackers.

"Who said we have banned the bursting of crackers. The existing stockpile of crackers is enough," Justice Sikri said.

."The sales are already taking place. Crackers are already being burst. It is not anyway going to be a cracker-free Diwali," Justice Sikri remarked.

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