The Calcutta High Court will hear again on Wednesday a motion seeking directions for proper implementation of the Supreme Court’s order on regulations imposed for the burning of firecrackers during Diwali, Kali Puja and other festivals in to come.
The new petition, presented by the original petitioner, comes in light of the Supreme Court’s overturning of the Calcutta High Court’s order on a blanket ban on the sale, purchase and sale. use of firecrackers, including green firecrackers, in the state of West Bengal.
A special bench of Supreme Court Justices AM Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi said on Monday that it was not necessary to ban the use of firecrackers entirely and that only fireworks containing barium salts are banned.
It ruled that the High Court had departed from the legal regime established under the orders of the highest court without any evidence to demonstrate inaction on the part of the state or the collusive approach of the authorities at the grassroots level.
On October 29, the Calcutta District Court ordered a general ban on firecrackers, limiting the festivities to only wax or oil-based diyas, to control air pollution amid the Covid pandemic. 19. One of the petitions to the High Court hearing claimed that the blanket ban in West Bengal was “patently wrong” when the Supreme Court allowed the use of green firecrackers within the permitted limits across the country.
The Supreme Court’s order was greeted with enthusiasm by West Bengal fireworks traders who make nearly 75-80% of their annual sale, estimated at around ??5000 crore, during this festive season.