Traders move Supreme Court for modification of order banning firecrackers sale in Delhi-NCR

Counsel says a huge amount of money has been invested by traders after licences were revived and the court order will cause huge loss to them.

A group of traders on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court, seeking a modification of the October 9 order that banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) till November 1.

The traders told the court that their licences were revived in pursuance of the court’s September 12 order and they procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali.

A Bench, comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi, A.M. Sapre and Navin Sinha, assured counsel for the traders that it would consult the judge concerned, who passed the order, for placing their interim application for urgent hearing.

‘Will cause huge loss to us’

Lawyer Deepak Chauhan, representing trader Rajesh Kalia and several others, said that a huge amount of money was invested by them after their licences were revived and the recent order of the apex court would cause huge loss to them.

The court, while banning the sale of firecrackers till November 1, had said that its September 12 order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers, would be made effective only from November 1. The court had said that the November 11, 2016 order suspending the licences “should be given one chance to test itself” to see if there would be a positive effect of this, particularly during Diwali.

The court, in its direction in 2016, suspended all licences which permits sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR till further orders.

It said that the November 11, 2016 order, suspending all licences which “permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR”, was passed by the court keeping in view the situation that had arisen after last Diwali.

Source:- The Hindu

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