The Supreme Court on Friday will hear a plea by a group of traders seeking modification of its October 9 order by which the sale of firecrackers was banned in the Delhi-National Capital Region till November 1. We are pained that some people are giving communal colour. "Anyone who knows me knows that I am a very spiritual person in such matters", said Justice AK Sikri, who along with two other judges authored the 9 October ban.
The court's observation came as counsel Prashant Bhushan drew court attention to a statement by Bharatiya Janata Party Delhi unit spokesperson that they would procure firecrackers and distribute them free to children. "Nobody has any doubt that our order was not influenced by any such consideration". Our concern primarily was the health of the masses. The court has implemented the ban keeping pollution in mind but what about our families?
It's not just about the big shot traders who flood their stores so much so that they are the major suppliers throughout the capital and NCR, but it also is about those seasoned small vendors who wait for Diwali to make some extra profits putting up a small stall where they first clear the old stock and use the money to buy the new ones. We all know how Supreme Court banned firing crackers in Delhi for the time being.
Gaurav, a student pursuing law from a private institute said that pollution level keeps on rising over the years on the occasion of Diwali.
Every year, the festival of lights - Diwali leaves the air in Delhi thick coupled with deadly smog and suspended particles.
The Supreme Court's ban on the sale of crackers has received a lukewarm response, with many saying the industry will be badly hit and that fireworks were an integral part of the celebrations of the Hindu festival.