NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear an application on Friday on a child’s behalf seeking recall of the apex court’s September 12 order relaxing a November 2016 ban and permitting sale of crackers in Delhi to exhaust old stock of nearly 50 lakh kg of fireworks.
The application, moved on behalf of Arjun Gopal and two other children through advocate Pooja Dhar, said the court had banned sale of firecrackers in Delhi by an order on November 11 last year immediately after Diwali. But a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur on September 12 modified the earlier order by a larger bench. “Although further entry of fireworks into Delhi was prohibited, this court granted liberty to the permanent licensees to exhaust existing stock, about 50,00,000 kg of fireworks,” the applicant said.
One of the reasons for questioning relaxation of the complete ban on firecrackers was that Justice Lokur, as additional solicitor general in September 1998, had acted as amicus curiae before the Delhi High Court in a case relating to ban on firecrackers.
The applicant said, “The amicus curiae had filed his report dated September 14, 1998 which specifically records the submissions of ministry of environment and forests and the Central Pollution Control Board which recommended instant ban on flying fireworks (including rockets), joined crackers and crackers commonly known as atom bombs and maroons. This (fact) has been suppressed by all parties who were in know of the events, which has therefore (resulted in the court granting permission) for sale of all sorts of fireworks.”
As carried in TOI