No reason to continue with firecracker ban: HC
One-liner: The Delhi High Court on Monday disposed of a plea, filed before Diwali, against a complete ban on sale, storage and use of firecrackers, saying there is no reason to continue with the petition as the festival is over.
What the plea is: The plea sought a modification to a Sept 15 Delhi govt order that imposed the ban on all kinds of firecrackers on account of pollution concerns.
- The petitioners' counsel had said instead of the absolute ban, authorities ought to opt for green crackers or a graded regulation
- The order imposed the complete ban ahead of Diwali, which was celebrated on Nov 4 this year
Decision an overreach: The HC was hearing the plea which claimed that the Delhi govt's decision of imposing the complete ban was an overreach as the SC had never ordered an absolute ban on sale of crackers in the national capital.
- It claimed that pollution in Delhi was due to vehicles and biomass burning, among other issues, and the complete ban on crackers, one and a half months prior to the festival of Diwali, has hurt the sentiments of millions of people