Firecrackers on Diwali: Supreme Court allows states to decide time slot, but says stick to 2 hrs only - watsupptoday.com
Firecrackers on Diwali: Supreme Court allows states to decide time slot, but says stick to 2 hrs only
Posted 31 Oct 2018 12:01 PM

Agencies
PARTLY MODIFYING its earlier order, which fixed the time slot for bursting crackers on Diwali at 8 pm-10 pm, the Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed southern states like Tamil Nadu to decide their own schedule.

A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, however, said the time slot should not exceed the two-hour limit set by the court.

The court allowed the relief after Tamil Nadu filed a plea seeking permission to burst crackers in the morning, from 4.30 am to 6.30 am, on Diwali. A similar plea was made by Puducherry also.

Senior Advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for Tamil Nadu, initially requested that two hours be given in the morning and evening, but the court declined this.

“That is not possible. Total duration should not exceed more than two hours in a day,” said the bench, adding that the state was free to “stagger it (in the morning and evening),” if it wanted.

The counsel then sought 90 minutes in the morning and evening, but the court did not accept this too.

The bench also clarified that its October 23 judgment, on use of green crackers this Diwali, was only meant for Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). It will, however, apply across the country from next year.

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