We are sitting here to protect the fundamental rights of people, we have allowed green crackers only, says SC after reprimanding Central, State govts

New Delhi, 28 October: The Supreme Court has reprimanded the Central and state governments for violating the order banning firecrackers.

The court said that our order on the ban on firecrackers was given in the larger public interest.

A bench headed by Justice MR Shah said that it should not be projected in such a way that we had banned firecrackers for a particular festival. The hearing on the matter will continue on October 29 as well.

The court said that we are not against any particular community. We are sitting here to protect the fundamental rights of the people.

The court said that we are not against the festival, but playing with the lives of people under the guise of celebrating the festival cannot be allowed. We are seeing that crackers are being sold in the markets, whereas we have allowed only green firecrackers. It is the responsibility of the agencies to ensure that crackers are banned.

The court said that we will ask the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe against those firecracker manufacturers who are selling fake green firecrackers. No one can be allowed this.

On October 6, on the issue of selling old firecrackers in the name of green crackers, the Supreme Court had directed all the states to comply with the court’s order banning firecrackers. The court had said that we cannot allow celebration at the cost of life. Where can I get noisy crackers during the festival?

On September 29, the Supreme Court had issued contempt notices to six firecracker makers in the country for not complying with its order banning firecrackers.

These cracker manufacturing companies are M/s Standard Fireworks, M/s Hindustan Fireworks, M/s Vinayak Fireworks Industries, M/s Sri Mariamman Fireworks, M/s Sri Suryakala Fireworks and M/s Selva Vinayagar Fireworks.

The court had said that the preliminary report of Joint Direct of CBI, Chennai states that firecracker manufacturing companies are still using barium nitrate and its other salts for making crackers. The firecracker manufacturers do not mention the ingredients on the label of the firecrackers. To do so is a clear violation of the earlier order of the Court.

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