No authority can permit banned firecrackers under the guise of celebration: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court had yesterday said that no authority can permit banned firecrackers under the guise of celebration on cracker sales ahead of Diwali.

The Apex Court said that banned crackers which use barium salts can’t be sold. The Court said that celebration can’t be at the cost of other’s health.

SC has directed all states/UTs to see that directions of the apex court are complied with. Any lapse by the State Government or state agencies will be viewed seriously by the SC.

If banned crackers are manufactured, sold or used in any particular area, the chief secretary of the concerned state, Home Secretary, Commissioner of Police of the area, SP shall be held personally liable, SC said.

In 2017, the Supreme Court had allowed fireworks strictly between 8pm to 10pm on Diwali. Yet, SC’s Friday order mentioned this but no banned cracker sales allowed.

The SC bench said it is unfortunate that despite the various directions issued by the top court, there is a blatant violation, and it is alleged that manufacture, sale and use of banned fireworks continues.

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