The Supreme Court on Monday has said that its order of last November banning sale of firecrackers in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) will persist till October 31. A bench led by Justice AK Sikri said the apex court’s September 12 order provisionally lifting the stay and permitting the sale of firecrackers would be in place from November 1.
This means that there will be no firecrackers available for purchase before Diwali that falls on October 19. SC said it has not altered the September 12 order but its November 11, 2016, order outlawing the sale of firecrackers “should be given a chance”.
In 2016 order, it had suspended all licences that “permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR”. But, on September 12, 2017, the court had temporarily lifted its earlier order and allowed the sale of firecrackers. The latest order came on a plea seeking restoration of the November 2016 order.