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Supreme Court refuses to modify its cracker sale ban order

New Delhi, October 13 : The Supreme Court on Friday refused to modify its order banning sale of crackers in Delhi-NCR and expressed anguish over attempts giving its order a communal angle. A Bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said it had not stopped people from celebrating the Festival of Lights which falls on October 19.
“It’s just an experiment for one year. Thereafter we will take stock of it,” said the Bench. “I am a very spiritual person but this is something different,” said Justice AK Sikri expressing anguish over attempts to give the order a communal angle.
A group of traders and a Chennai-based NGO–Indic Collective–had moved the top court seeking modification of its order banning sale of crackers in Delhi-NCR till October 31. While the traders said the ban order was likely to cause huge losses to them, the Chennai-based NGO requested it to reconsider the decision on the grounds that religious and cultural aspects of the issue were not considered.
Concerned over the poor quality of air, the Supreme Court on October 9 revived the ban on sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR region during Diwali. The court had said the ban would be lifted from November 1 in terms of its September 12 order.

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