Ahead of Diwali, the Supreme Court had in October this year issued orders fixing the time for bursting fire-crackers on festival days. Stating that there would be no ban on the sale of firecrackers, the court had said only licensed traders would be allowed to sell crackers, and that too eco-friendly ones only.
Allowing people to burst firecrackers between 8 pm and 10 pm on Diwali, the top court had fixed time for celebratory fireworks on Christmas Eve and New Year too. According to the order, people are allowed to burst crackers only for 45 minutes between 11.45 pm and 12.30 am on Christmas Eve and New Year.
The time frame applies to all other festivals and celebrations such as weddings too.
The court was hearing a plea seeking a ban on the manufacture and sale of firecrackers across the country to curb air pollution.
Pronouncing the judgment on October 23, a bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan also put a ban on the sale of firecrackers online.
The apex court had earlier said there was a need to take into account all aspects, including the fundamental right of livelihood of firecracker manufacturers and the right to health of over 1.3 billion people in the country, while considering a plea for the ban.