Supreme Court sets aside Calcutta HC’s blanket ban on firecrackers, see what the apex court has said

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In a recent development, the Supreme Court has set aside the blanket ban on the sale, purchase and use of all firecrackers in West Bengal during Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations.

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News agency ANI has recently tweeted about this recent development from its official Twitter handle. The tweet said, “Supreme Court sets aside Calcutta High Court’s order putting a blanket ban on the sale, purchase and use of all firecrackers in West Bengal during Kali Puja, Diwali celebrations and some other festivities this year to check air pollution amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 

A division bench comprising of Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and Justice Aniruddha Roy of Calcutta High Court ordered a blanket ban on firecrackers, including green crackers till December 31, 2021 on Friday.

Earlier, it was stated by the West Bengal government that the bursting of green crackers were allowed only during Kali Puja, Diwali and Chhath Puja from 8 PM to 10 PM.

A PTI report stated that a special bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi also asked the West Bengal government to explore the possibility to ensure that banned firecrackers and related items are not imported in the state at the entry point itself.

The bench, which assembled during the Diwali break to hear the matter, was hearing the pleas against the October 29 order of the high court banning the sale, use and purchase of all types of firecrackers in the state.

“The state should ensure that there is no use or display or bursting of firecrackers of any type at all during Kali Puja, Diwali celebrations as well as Chhath Puja, Jagadhatri Puja, Guru Nanak’s birthday and Christmas and New Year’s eve celebrations this year,” the high court had said.

It had said that only wax or oil-based diyas may be used for the occasions.





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