SC holds firm on Delhi cracker ban, says don't communalise it

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It had said that the 11 November past year order, suspending all licences which "permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR", was passed by the court keeping in view the situation that had arisen after last Diwali.

"We are pained to hear that some people are trying to give a communal color to our order".

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The traders told the court that their licences were revived in pursuance of the court's September 12 order and they procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali.

Ramdev also launched an attack on senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for supporting court's ban on firecrackers and said, "an intelligent man like Tharoor must not talk like this". To ensure strict implementation of its orders, SC has directed Delhi Police to implement its directive. "Ban should be imposed on big firecrackers", Ramdev said as reported by the DNA. "It is sad", the court said.

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In a bid to reduce the toxic levels of pollution in the Delhi NCR region, the Supreme Court had banned the sale of firecrackers until November 1, thereby bypassing Diwali on October 19 which is when the sale and use of firecrackers peaks. The bench, however, indicated that it had not put any ban on bursting of crackers.

As per PTI reports, firecrackers would not be sold in the region during Diwali with the Supreme Court banning their sale till November 1.

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The order of 11 November 2016, suspending licences for sale of firecrackers was operative until the next year but its impact had not been tested during the Diwali period. "Direct and immediate cause thereof was burning of crackers during Diwali", the court reasoned in its 20-page judgment. People burst firecrackers to celebrate the festival.

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