Tamil Nadu Police File 2,000 Cases for Violating SC Firecracker Directive

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About 2,000 cases have been recorded by police across Tamil Nadu against those who violated Supreme Court guidelines on firecrackers, police sources said on Friday.

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

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

On aspects such as the law invoked against stores and other violators, they declined to give details, saying cases had been filed under the appropriate legal provisions.

Deepavali was celebrated on November 4 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 ruled that the celebration cannot come at the expense of the health of others and clarified that although there is no total ban on the use of firecrackers, the fires of fireworks that contain barium salts are prohibited.

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


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