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Firecrackers ban: SC to hear traders’ plea today

SNS | New Delhi |

The Supreme Court will on Friday hear a plea filed by traders with temporary licenses seeking relaxation of the ban on the sale of firecrackers in the national capital and the NCR till November 1.

The traders had moved the apex court on October 11 after its October 9 order that imposed a blanket ban on sale of firecrackers ahead of Diwali to curb pollution.

The traders have told the SC that after the lifting of the November 2016 ban on September 12 this year, they had bought firecrackers for sale but the October 9 ban had caused them harm.

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.

On Monday, the apex court has ruled that there will be no sale of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region during Diwali, as it restored a November 2016 order banning the sale and stocking of firecrackers there.

However, the court had said that the September 12 order lifting the ban on the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi NCR will be back into effect from November 1.