Firecrackers banned: 2,000 cases recorded by TN police for violation of SC directive

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Cases have been filed against shops that sold firecrackers in violation of court guidelines and those that popped firecrackers in violation of the 2-hour slab set by the higher court.

About 2,000 cases have been registered by police across Tamil Nadu against those who violated the Supreme Court’s firecracker guidelines, police sources said on Friday.

The total number of registered cases in the state is around 2,000 and includes violations of the two-hour deadline set by the Supreme Court for setting off firecrackers on Deepavali.

The cases also include those against firecracker shops or units that sold or stocked products in breach of “specific court guidelines” and also for violation of other standards, law enforcement sources told PTI here.

On aspects such as the law invoked against stores and other offenders, they declined to elaborate, saying cases had been filed under the proper legal provisions.

Deepavali was celebrated on November 4 this year and the Supreme Court had authorized the bursting of firecrackers for two hours, from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On October 29, the Supreme Court had declared that the celebration could not be done at the expense of the health of others and had specified that while there was not a total ban on the use of firecrackers, fireworks fireworks containing barium salts were prohibited.

A bench of judges MR Shah and AS Bopanna said that no authority can be allowed to violate the instructions it issued and allow prohibited firecrackers under the guise of celebration.

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