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

Sale of firecrackers in residential areas won't be permitted according to High Court orders

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Supreme Court today refused to relax the ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi NCR and has directed Delhi Police to implement its order banning the sale of firecrackers.

India's Supreme Court Friday refused to lift the ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and nearby cities in the run-up to the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Criticising Shashi Tharoor's statement supporting the ban on firecracker sale in Delhi-NCR, Ramdev said that an intelligent person like him must not speak like this.

"We are pained at communal remarks on the verdict". The SC said on Friday it hadn't stopped people from celebrating Diwali.

A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi where the matter was mentioned said they would discuss it with Justice AK Sikri who has given the October 9 ruling before listing it.

The top court banned the sale of fire crackers in wake of deadly pollution after the Diwali festivities. After the celebration, the Supreme Court, answering to the year 2015 petition by three kids aged among six years and 15 months, banned the trade of crackers.

Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said that they would allow bursting of crackers by residents that had bought them before the ban took place.

The top court, through the 2016 order, had suspended all licences which "permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR".

According to the Newspaper, Diwali falls on October 19 this year.An acrid smog forced authorities to close schools and ban construction activities after Diwali last November. The court then banned the sale of firecrackers, but relaxed the restrictions on September 12 this year after a plea from fireworks manufacturers.

The court said, "We will ascertain after Diwali if there has been a difference in pollution levels".

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