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Supreme Court to hear on October 10 the petition of BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on the ban on firecrackers IV News

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New Delhi: Supreme Court to hear on October 10 a petition filed by BJP MP Manoj Tiwari against the Delhi government’s decision to ban the storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers till January 1, 2023, to check pollution levels in Delhi. agreed on Friday. Capital.

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Stating that freedom of religion cannot be taken away on the pretext of right to life, Tiwari asked all states not to take any punitive action like registering an FIR against common people selling or using firecrackers during the upcoming festive season. Instructions have also been sought. Diwali.

The petition was mentioned for urgent hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, which said it would come up for hearing on October 10.

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The top court had last year clarified that there is no absolute ban on the use of firecrackers and only those fireworks which contain barium salts are prohibited.

While warning that top officials at various levels will be “personally held responsible” for any lapse, the apex court had said it was unfortunate that despite its directions, there were open violations.

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The BJP MP, in his petition filed through advocate Ashwini Kumar Dubey, has contended that several state governments and some high courts had passed orders contrary to the apex court’s stand in 2021 and imposed a complete ban on firecrackers.

“With so many different orders, directions and views, it was confusing for the public at large to understand whether firecrackers were allowed or not,” said the petition, filed on behalf of advocate Shashank Shekhar Jha.

“In the name of right to life, freedom of religion cannot be taken away and a balance has to be struck such as has been done through this Court’s judgment dated October 29, 2021,” it said.

The petition alleged that despite the clear orders of the apex court, some states and union territories did not take necessary steps to ensure proper arrangements for the celebration of Diwali and instead lodged an FIR and imposed curfew.

“Chief secretaries, police commissioners, district superintendents of police, station house officers and others have taken action against the common people who are not even aware of the material while buying firecrackers to comply with the orders of their respective state governments. Was. Absolutely of firecrackers,” it said.

The plea said that such arrests and FIRs during the festive season like Diwali have not only sent a very bad message to the society at large and have unnecessarily created fear and anger among the people.

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