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SC declines urgent hearing to crackers plea, says – ‘Let people breathe clean air, spend money on sweets..’

It was said in the petition that freedom of religion cannot be taken away on the pretext of right to life. Manoj Tiwari had sought directions to the government to issue new guidelines regarding the sale, purchase and bursting of firecrackers. He had questioned the general ban, when the Supreme Court itself had allowed the use of green firecrackers.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refused an early hearing on the petition of BJP leader Manoj Tiwari challenging the complete ban on firecrackers in Delhi. The Supreme Court said that people should breathe clean air, spend their money on sweets. Manoj Tiwari’s lawyer Shashank Shekhar Jha had demanded an urgent hearing citing the near Diwali.

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Tiwari had moved the Supreme Court on 23 September. Significantly, it was said in the petition that freedom of religion cannot be taken away on the pretext of right to life. Manoj Tiwari had sought directions to the government to issue new guidelines regarding the sale, purchase and bursting of firecrackers. He had questioned the general ban, when the Supreme Court itself had allowed the use of green firecrackers.

The BJP MP had also sought a direction to all states not to take any punitive action like registering an FIR against common people selling or using firecrackers during the upcoming festive season. Significantly, there is a ban on fireworks on Diwali in Delhi from 2020. Apart from this, Haryana had last year banned the sale and use of all types of firecrackers in its 14 districts. However, despite the restrictions, people in Delhi, Noida, Faridabad and Gurugram had burst firecrackers till late night.

Those who burst crackers on Diwali in Delhi can be jailed for up to 6 months and fined Rs 200. Giving this information on Wednesday, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that the production, storage and sale of firecrackers in Delhi will attract a fine of up to Rs 5000 and imprisonment for 3 years under Section 9B of the Explosives Act. Along with this, he also appealed to the people to light diyas and not burst crackers this Diwali. Delhi government will run public awareness to make people aware. It will start from Central Park in Connaught Place. 51 thousand lamps will be lit here.

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