While expressing displeasure over the central government's failure to widely publicize the ill effects of crackers and subsequent air pollution, the Supreme Court on Wednesday, October 28 refused to order blanket ban on firecrackers on Diwali, saying it might be "dangerous" to infringe into the common man's right to enjoy his religious festivities.
Refusing the plea made by three toddlers, who turned to the Supreme Court for relief against the air pollution caused by firecrackers during Diwali, a Bench led by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu said: "the court cannot stop people from bursting crackers in front of their homes."
"If we try to stop, he will say it is my right. Such a ban will lead to a dangerous situation. Chaos," the CJ observed.
The apex court bench of Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra also asked the Centre and other authorities to start publicity campaign both in print and electronic media on the harmful impact of firecrackers during the festival season from October 31 to November 12,
The apex court once again reiterated its 2005 order prescribing time limit to avoid causing disturbance to the public during "night time" i.e hours between 10 PM and 6 AM