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October 28th, 2015
SC refused ban on Crackers


The Supreme Court today refused to impose a ban on crackers on Diwali after hearing a PIL filed by three Delhi toddlers which sought its intervention to ban the sale of firecrackers during the festival seasons and Diwali.

A two-judge division bench, comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra, passed the order after hearing the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by three toddlers — Arjun Gopal, Aarav Bhandari and Zoya Rao Bhasin — all aged between 6 and 14 months.

The Supreme Court, however, directed the Central government to publish pollution awareness advertisements from October 31 to November 12 in various media platforms so that the public would be aware of the adverse health issues related to use of firecrackers.

The Court passed the order after hearing a PIL filed on behalf of the three toddlers – seeking immediate steps to curb Delhi’s fatal air pollution including ban on fire crackers during Diwali.