Supreme Court Refuses To Ban Firecrackers Countrywide, But No Online Sale

The Supreme Court today on 23 October 2018 refused a nationwide ban on firecrackers. The verdict was delivered by a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and AK Sikri. But the top court, however, put a blanket ban on the sale of firecrackers through e-commerce website on the internet. Violating this order would be tantamount to contempt of court.

The ban was likely to affect lakhs of firecracker manufacturers and sellers of firecrackers across the country. On the last year 2017, 9 October the apex court had banned the sale of firecrackers ahead of the Diwali. When the traders had to move a plea the court refused to relax its order and dismissed the plea. The traders wanted to ban the sale of crackers on a day or two before the Diwali.

In its previous order, the supreme court had said that deciding on a ban on firecrackers, they have to take into account different aspects like a right of the health of over 1.3 billion people of India and also the fundamental right relating to the livelihood of firecracker manufacturers. Considering the interest of both section of people, therefore, there should be a balanced judgment on the issue. Besides that, the Apex Court had also sought the suggestions of Central Government through which the pollution level of the country can be curbed.

The court had observed on 8 August this year that there is an increase of PM 2.5 levels in the air due to which severe problems like the infection in people’s lungs occur leading to serious health problems.But the firecrackers manufacturers urged that there should not be a complete ban on the firecrackers. Their use should be rather strictly regulated.

It is to be noted that every year during winter time Delhi’s air quality is deteriorated to an alarming levels turning the city into a gas chamber. But the traders of firecrackers says that firecrackers are not the only reason of air pollution in the capital. There are several other factors like wind, temperature and burning of paddy fields by the farmers.