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‘Let people breathe clean air’: SC rejects BJP MP’s appeal against firecrackers ban in Delhi


India’s Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an urgent hearing on a plea challenging the blanket ban on firecrackers imposed in Delhi until January 1, 2023. The plea for an urgent hearing was filed by Bharatiya MP Janata Party (BJP), Manoj Tiwari.

The Supreme Court rejected the request for an urgent hearing saying, “Let people breathe clean air…spend your money on sweets.”

Earlier today, the Delhi High Court refused to accept a plea challenging the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC)’s comprehensive ban on the sale and use of all kinds of firecrackers in the capital. national.

Justice Yashwant Varma said that with a similar case pending before the Supreme Court, it would not be appropriate for the bench to hear the motion now.

Petitioner Shiva Fireworks and others had filed a petition through lawyers Pranjal Kishore and Aman Bansal. The petitioners are engaged in the sale, purchase and storage of green crackers.

Delhi’s Environment Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Gopal Rai said on Wednesday that the Delhi government has banned the production, storage, sale and popping of crackers this year, as well as fines and jail time for violations.

At a press conference, Rai said, “Also this year, the production, sale, storage and popping of crackers are prohibited.”

“The sale or storage of firecrackers in Delhi may be punished with a fine of 5,000 and/or three years in prison,” he said.

“Strict action will be taken against those who have popped crackers till Diwali. Under Section 268 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), there is a provision for a fine of 200 and/or 6 months in prison for those who pop crackers,” he added.

On September 14, 2022, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) issued an order ordering a complete ban on the manufacture, storage, sale and bursting of firecrackers in the NCT of Delhi until January 1, 2023.

The DPCC order stated that “there shall be a ‘comprehensive ban’ on all kinds of firecrackers on the manufacture, storage, sale (including delivery via online marketing platforms) and bursting until as of 1 January 2023 in the territory of Delhi NCT”.

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