The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere with the ban on sale, manufacture and burning of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR area and told the petitioner that it will take up the matter before Deepawali.
Appearing for the petitioner, Advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha requested the Apex Court to permit at least green crackers.
The top court of the country asked the Counsel whether he was a permanent resident of NCR, adding that pollution in the national capital after Diwali rose to very high levels.
The Bench then told petitioner and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari that it will hear his plea along with connected matters before the Diwali vacations of Supreme Court.
The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi has put a complete ban on storage, sale, production and burning of all kinds of crackers till January 1, 2023.
The BJP MP had last month moved the Apex Court, challenging this ban.
Tiwari had sought directions from the city government to issue fresh guidelines regarding firecrackers, contending that freedom of religion cannot be taken away under the pretext of the right to life.
The BJP MP, in a plea filed through Advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey, has also sought directions to all states not to take any coercive action like lodging FIR against common people found selling or using permissible firecrackers during the upcoming festival season.
Last year, the Apex Court had observed that there was no blanket ban on the use of firecrackers and only those fireworks which contained barium salts were prohibited.